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How an In-House Consulting Team Saved $3 Million in 9 Months
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

The leader of a carefully selected strategic services team which serves as a consulting group to clinical and administrative teams at a California healthcare system, says she is "blown away" by the team's results.
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  September 9, 2011

Editor's Picks
Appeals Court Tosses VA Challenges to Health Reform Law
A federal appeals court on Thursday overturned a lower court ruling and rejected Virginia's challenge to the federal healthcare reform law, ruling that the state lacked the standing to proceed with the suit. [Read More]
Doctor fees major factor in health costs, study says
Doctors are paid higher fees in the United States than in several other countries, and this is a major factor in the nation's higher overall cost of healthcare, says a new study by two Columbia University professors, one of whom is now a top health official in the Obama administration. No surprise there. But the study rejects reasons often cited for higher fees, including higher costs of the doctors' medical practice, a larger number or volume of services or higher medical school tuition. [Read More]
Wyoming's Winning Meaningful Use Strategy
A critical access hospital CEO shares how his organization became not only the first hospital in Wyoming to achieve stage-one meaningful use, but also one of the first CAHs in the nation to do so. [Read More]
Feds Nab 91 Suspects in Medicare Billing Schemes Totaling $295M
Federal authorities have detailed an eight-city sweep by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force that netted 91 suspects—including 11 doctors and two nurses—for various fraud schemes involving false billing. The value of the sweep represented the single highest amount of false Medicare billings in the four-year history of the Strike Force, which used more than 400 investigators from the Department of Justice, FBI, Health and Human Services—Office of the Inspector General, and state and local law enforcement agencies for the raids, federal authorities said in a joint media release. [Read More]
Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement
Date:September 22, 2011
About:More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.
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Breakthroughs: The High-Performing Surgical Program
Given a reimbursement model based on outcomes, not volume, only those surgical services that can deliver state-of the-art care, value, and an outstanding patient experience will survive. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—St.Francis Hospital, Methodist Hospital System, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Bassett Healthcare—share lessons learned about new ways of approaching surgical care and strategy [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
12 CA Hospitals Fined for Immediate Jeopardy Violations
HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2011
Healthcare industry has contributed generously to debt panel
Washington Post/AP, September 8, 2011
Dollars for docs: How drug industry money reaches doctors
ProPublica, September 8, 2011
Healthcare costs rose while insurance coverage fell, studies show
McClatchy News Service, September 8, 2011
ACLU, newspaper, ask KY AG to declare University Hospital public
Courier-Journal, September 9, 2011
Heart Transplant Scores Predict One-Year Survival Rates
HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2011
Jackson Health System audit manager charged with payroll scam
Miami Herald, September 8, 2011
Half of Internal Medicine Residents Report Burnout
HealthLeaders Media, September 7, 2011
Immediate Jeopardy Deficiencies Found at Second Dallas Hospital
HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2011

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September 22: Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

October 26: Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes


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