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Patient Protection Needs Focus in Obama's Second Term

Cheryl Clark

In his inaugural address, President Obama signaled his commitment to rolling out the rest of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In its second term, his administration must show how the law will incent providers to work harder to protect patients. >>>


Editor's Picks

HIPAA Final Rule Raises Fines for Non-Compliance

The so-called "mega" privacy rule is not enforceable until September, but hospital and health system executives should begin reviewing current policies now to identify changes necessary for compliance, observers say. >>>

Citing Cost Reductions, Highmark to Expand PCMH Initiative

Highmark Inc.'s pilot patient-centered medical home project saw a nearly 2% reduction in costs per member per month, while traditional care delivery programs notched cost increases, prompting the payer to expand the program in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. >>>

Kennedy Sues Nurses, Hospital After Scuffle

Acquitted of two counts of physical harassment against nurses after a maternity ward fracas last year, Douglas Kennedy, son of Robert Kennedy, has filed court papers citing defamation and malicious prosecution. >>>

A Road Runs Through These Order Sets

A wiki-based project for sharing and standardizing order sets may open the door to sharing protocols, documentation, policies, and procedures among healthcare providers. >>>

Smart Hospital Sponsorships Lead to Community Engagement

Since sponsorship of events such as road races often comes with a cost, it's critical that hospital marketers take advantage of all possibilities that effectively communicate an organization's brand and mission. >>>

SLIDESHOW: Industry Survey—Strategic Imperatives in 2013

The fifth annual HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey draws on senior leaders at a cross-section of U.S. healthcare organizations to determine their top priorities, threats, and opportunities in 2013. >>>

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Date: February 14, 2013, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

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News Headlines

Docs praise bill to repeal Medicare cost-cutting board

The Hill, January 24, 2013

VA ends public access to hospital reports

The Washington Post / Associated Press, January 24, 2013

Many seek acute care within month of hospital release

Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2013

Bedsores, nurse staffing remain on Parkland problem list

Dallas Business Journal, January 23, 2013

Hearing held on Exeter Hospital hep C suits

Seacoast Online, January 23, 2013

VA inspector general begins probe at Buffalo hospital

The Buffalo News, January 23, 2013

Ex-Senator to run insurer watchdog group, NAIC

Bloomberg, January 23, 2013

Opinion: Patients lose when hospitals take over docs

Orlando Sentinel, January 22, 2013

HHS releases HIPAA final rule

Government Health IT, January 18, 2013

FDA warned in 2009 not to reuse insulin pens

The Buffalo News, January 18, 2013

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HealthLeaders Live: Cost Containment Lessons from Heartland Health

Date: March 19, 2013, 12:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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From HealthLeaders Magazine

20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2012

They are nurses and physicians. They are researchers and executives. They are providers and payers. They are watchdogs and innovators. And they are patients. They are this year's HealthLeaders 20 honorees, selected for their efforts to make healthcare better. Their stories are sometimes tinged with struggles or challenges, but always, ultimately, with success. >>>


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