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Accounts Payable Optimization in Today's Healthcare Environment

December 24, 2009
A new white paper by GHX Business Solutions explores some of the challenges facing hospitals today and provides insight into how accounts payable (AP) optimization can help meet those challenges. The paper describes the evolution of the AP optimization process and proposes questions that decision-makers can ask themselves as they move through the stages of transforming their AP function. It also addresses how process improvements and resource alignment and optimization can maximize the value of technology solutions available in the market today.

BY:
GHX Business Solutions
www.ghx.com

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The Crucial Role of the Nurse in EHR Implementation

December 11, 2009

As residents coming out of medical school, one of the most important lessons physicians learn is the crucial role experienced nurses play in helping them understand how to treat patients. Nursing practice is the glue that holds the patient care spectrum together. Nurses play a significant role in the patient care given at the physician's office and can be extremely instrumental in the successful adoption of electronic health records (EHR).

BY:
Jay Anders, M.D., Chief Medical Information Officer
Terry Daly, R.N., Vice President of Clinical Systems
MED3000
www.med3000.com

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Philips Healthcare Informatics Strategy

December 9, 2009
We provide clinical informatics and patient care solutions that simplify clinician workflow, improve financial outcomes, and help improve and save lives.

The three elements of Philips Healthcare's informatics strategy are principal themes in healthcare delivery today. Clinicians around the world are looking for solutions to simplify workflow, improve financial outcomes, and improve and save lives.

BY:
Philips
www.philips.com/healthcare

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Strategic Investments in the Operating Room (OR): Information Technology (IT) to Generate Rapid ROI and Long-Term Competitive Advantage

December 8, 2009
Optimizing the performance of the perioperative department through a combination of financial, operational and clinical initiatives can significantly improve performance of the entire hospital. A robust perioperative system is one of many improvements that can be made relatively quickly with significant and early ROI payback. The strategic long-term benefits can be even more significant. While such investments may seem counterintuitive in challenging economic times, they can in fact result in both tactical and strategic advantages that will lead to financial success for the organization.

BY:
Kermit Randa, FACHE, CPHIMS
Randy Heiser, BA, MA and Robert Gill, BS
Surgical Information Systems
www.sisfirst.com

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Employed Specialists: Is It The Right Service Line Strategy?

December 3, 2009
In 2006, 19% of Accelero Health Partner hospitals employed at least one musculoskeletal surgeon. In 2008, it had increased to 50%. By the end of 2009, in upwards of 60% of our partners will have employed surgeons on the medical staff. This trend raises two obvious questions: First, why the increase? Secondly, is this strategy right for your hospital?

BY:
Bryan J. Warren, Vice President, Operations
Accelero Health Partners
www.accelerohealth.com

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The Future of Living: Independently

November 24, 2009
As people live longer their desire to live as independently as possible is challenged by the need for adequate and satisfying living arrangements. This is of great concern to individuals and their families as well as society itself. It is not simply a matter of finding the best housing and living choices for older persons, but also calibrating them against the backdrop of the culture of aging itself, healthcare and caregiving needs as well as actual living arrangements coupled with matters of environmental design.

BY:
Philips
International Longevity Center-USA
www.philips.com/healthcare

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Streamline data center efficiency

November 20, 2009
Virtualization and optimization services from CDW Healthcare help conserve resources and cut costs

CDW Healthcare can help reduce the cost and complexity of your computing infrastructure to boost your data center operations, support business continuity and achieve a higher standard of patient care.

BY:
CDW Healthcare
CDW.com/services

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Guided Analytics: Uncovering Hidden Labor Costs

November 16, 2009
This white paper presents four real-life scenarios involving a labor management issue that was invisible to managers when they reviewed their basic productivity and labor cost reports. All the managers were poised to make the wrong decisions based on the limited information they had until they took a guided analytics approach. Guided analytics provided the data that isolated the problem and led the managers to take the appropriate corrective steps, which, in each case, resulted in lower direct and indirect costs.

BY:
Kronos
www.kronos.com

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Health system sponsored physician employment: keys to success

November 16, 2009
This paper, part of a seven part series, "Health system sponsored physician employment: keys to success," focuses on the essential elements of revenue cycle success in the health system sponsored physician enterprise. These elements include:
  • Practice management structure and talent working collaboratively with employed physicians
  • Physician engagement through physician leadership and aligned financial incentives
  • Functional information technology operating on a single database
  • Strong revenue cycle reporting
BY:
Southwind Health Partners, LLC and VHA, Inc.
www.southwindhp.com
www.vha.com

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Where Can $700 Billion in Waste Be Cut Annually from the U.S. Healthcare System?

November 12, 2009
How America will pay for healthcare is a subject on the mind of virtually every American. It is worthwhile to take a close look at the cost of healthcare itself. Are there areas where expenses can be cut without undermining quality? How prevalent are misuse and fraud? This paper tackles the tangled issue of healthcare waste and arrives at some interesting conclusions: America's healthcare system is expensive, with many opportunities to manage costs.

BY:
Thomson Reuters
www.factsforhealthcare.com

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The Brilliance iCT and DoseWise Strategies

November 11, 2009
Fulfilling the demand for effective diagnostic and therapeutic information has led to a steady increase in the use of CT. With this trend, CT departments strive to scan with the ALARAa principle; however, its practice varies significantly among sites and scanners servicing an ever-widening range of clinical indications and patient populations.

BY:
Philips
www.philips.com/healthcare

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Healthcare I.T. Clinical Enablement

November 4, 2009
Western Dental Services, Inc. developed an innovative in-house application called the Estimator for use in its 150 offices. This program enables a dental team to digitally enter all patient data from an initial examination at the point-of-care and immediately estimate patient treatment costs. At just about the same time Western Dental recognized substantial infrastructure and hardware upgrades would be necessary to properly utilize the Estimator, it also decided to switch to a digital x-ray imaging solution. This decision, in turn, required upgrading the current operating platform with the help of CDW Healthcare.

BY:
CDW Healthcare
CDW.com/communIT

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Remedy Your Scheduling Pains—and Meet Financial, Clinical, and Operational Goals

November 3, 2009
Given the right real-time information, managers can react quickly to the unpredictable situations that put a workforce schedule in flux.

Leveraging the right solutions to automate and streamline scheduling and staffing practices can also help hospitals meet financial, clinical, and operational objectives.

BY:
Kronos
www.kronos.com

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CMO or VPMA—Is There a Difference?

November 2, 2009
When healthcare organizations begin recruiting a top physician leader, two questions generally arise. First, which position? And, second, what is the difference? Published in the May/June issue of The Physician Executive Journal, this article explores how the healthcare marketplace is defining these roles and what attributes delineate their differences.

BY:
Lois Dister, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Executive Search
Cejka Search
www.cejkasearch.com

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Viewpoints from Leading Healthcare Chief Information Officers: Facts, Priorities, Salaries, and Advice to Future CIOs

October 29, 2009
Today's healthcare Chief Information Officer (CIO) faces many complex challenges such as EMR implementation, patient safety and quality, and clinical transformation, all of which are vital to organizational success. Based on the results of an in-depth survey, this whitepaper identifies current trends and explores the evolution of the CIO's role.

BY:
Michael Dunford, Managing Principal, Executive Search
Cejka Search
www.cejkasearch.com

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The Strategic Utilization of Interim Leadership Services

October 26, 2009
The use of interim leaders has increased nine-fold in the last six years. Lean staffing in the hospital management ranks has left few executives with the time to assume an additional role in the case of a leadership void. Consequently, innovative healthcare executives are discovering that their organizations can experience positive growth through the strategic use of interim leaders.

BY:
Doug Smith, MBA, MHA
B.E. Smith
www.besmith.com

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Do Chiropractic Physician Services for Treatment of Low Back and Neck Pain Improve the Value of Health Benefit Plans?

October 23, 2009
An Evidence-Based Assessment of Incremental Impact on Population Health and Total Health Care Spending.

A report prepared for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress by esteemed authors, Niteesh Choudhry, MD, PHD and Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH

BY:
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
www.foundation4cp.com

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People Focused Healthcare Simplified

October 20, 2009
Patients deserve the best possible care, but they also deserve the best possible experience. We help you give them both.

How? By making your work easier: removing the barriers that hold you back, providing you with advanced, effective and intuitive medical technology, and freeing up the time and energy you need to connect with your colleagues?and, most important of all, your patients.

BY:
Philips
www.philips.com/healthcare

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Healthcare I.T. Software

October 19, 2009
As hospitals increasingly transform into digital environments, opportunities to improve staff communication and the quality of patient care through new software applications continue to expand dramatically. At the same time, expectations for speed, access and performance rise, as does pressure to keep costs low. As a result, licensing and integrating powerful new software tools poses multiple challenges for I.T. departments already stretched to their limits. Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Norton Healthcare and Howard Regional Health System have all partnered with CDW Healthcare to help them navigate the complexities of software licensing and deployment, as well as maximize the effectiveness of their investment and resources.

BY:
CDW Healthcare
CDW.com/communITsoftware

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Effectively Targeting the Younger Joint Replacement Patient

October 16, 2009
Over the last twenty years, the average age of the joint replacement patient has seen a gradual migration from 65 and older distribution to patients that are 64 and younger. In 1997, the 64 and younger joint replacement patients made up 34% of the entire joint replacement population. By 2006, that number increased to 46%.

BY:
Joe Tomaro, PhD, Senior Vice President, Accelero Health Partners
Accelero Health Partners

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Health system sponsored physician employment: keys to success

October 14, 2009
This is the third in a series of seven white papers on health system sponsored physician employment developed by Southwind Health Partners, LLC and VHA, Inc. In the health system sponsored physician enterprise, clinical and financial improvements cannot take place without effective collaboration between hospitals and physicians. Organizational structure, governance and management design are foundational elements of success. This paper explores the considerations and leading practices in the structural design, governance and management of the health system sponsored physician enterprise.

BY:
Southwind Health Partners, LLC and VHA, Inc.
www.southwindhp.com
www.vha.com

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21st Century Hospital Executive

October 9, 2009

Hospital executive leadership paradigms are changing. With rapid shifts in healthcare technology and demographics, successful hospital executives rely upon their broad, complex skills in leadership, communication, and technology management. It is precisely these skills and abilities driving how senior healthcare executives are recruited and how mid-level managers are being developed for the future.

BY:
Deedra Hartung, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Executive Search, Cejka Search
www.cejkasearch.com

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Who Wins Under Healthcare Reform and How? Thoughts on Transformation

October 8, 2009
As numerous concepts and structural changes are proposed and debated in Congress and in town hall meetings throughout the US, there has been noticeable absence of discussion on how changes, both inevitable and highly probable, will impact the way healthcare is delivered and how caregivers, physicians and institutions will actually have to adapt. In reality, coming out on top, having the best strategic alignment, in short winning under any conceivable future state of healthcare is going to be highly determined by just a few factors.

BY:
Michael Barber, MD, Silverstone Advisors, LLC
www.silverstoneadv.com

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Creating the "Healthy" Hospital: The Demand for Physician Executives

October 5, 2009
Healthcare organizations nationwide are looking to their physician executives to assume key roles in leading, developing and improving systems and programs with large-scale impact upon the organization's financial, quality, operational and clinical outcomes. These physician leaders are making significant contributions to creating the "healthy" hospital — by making them safer, more efficient and more profitable.

BY:
Deedra Hartung, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Executive Search, Cejka Search
www.cejkasearch.com

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The Appeal of Voluntary Insurance With the Nursing Workforce

October 2, 2009
A recent independent survey of hospital nurses provides new insight into the picture of the employer of choice. Beyond the basic must haves—strong compensation, base benefits, and job satisfaction—nurses want voluntary insurance from their employers. Supporting these findings is a separate study in which health care benefit decision-makers agreed that this type of benefit positions hospitals competitively.

BY:
AFLAC
www.aflac.com

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Hospital PoC Configuration Services

October 1, 2009
Today's technology-dependent healthcare environment drives healthcare organizations to deliver an expanding range of applications at the point of care (PoC) — from EMR to PPID to MedID — in order to ensure the highest quality patient care. With physical space, clinician time and I.T. resources all at a premium, it is critical to implement compact, streamlined PoC solutions that optimize existing infrastructure and enhance staff mobility.

BY:
CDW Healthcare
CDW.com/communITpoc

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21st Century Physician Executive

September 24, 2009
Professional opportunities for physician executives have greatly expanded in the last decade. Today, physician executives are actively recruited not only for hospitals, health systems, and large group practices, but also in pharmaceutical, medical product, and other healthcare industry organizations. This paper provides an in-depth look at physician executive recruitment in the 21st century.

BY:
Lois Dister, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Executive Search, Cejka Search
www.cejkasearch.com

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Maximizing Patient Flow Technologies: Eight Keys to Success

September 21, 2009
Technology is an essential tool for achieving optimal patient flow. However, if not used to its full potential, technology can actually hinder flow. In this white paper, Stockamp, A Huron Consulting Group Practice, shares eight keys to maximizing patient flow technologies—and meeting patient flow goals.

BY:
Stockamp, A Huron Consulting Group Practice
www.huronconsultinggroup.com

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Fly the Coop: Escaping the Physician Executive Pigeonhole (a PEJ article)

September 17, 2009
Evidence suggests that physician executives may be missing out on professional growth because of unspoken stereotypes. Leadership qualities, market knowledge and skills acquired in one healthcare sector can be transferred to a new sector. Learn the steps that four successful physician executives took to avoid being pigeonholed in one type of position within healthcare organizations.

BY:
Lois Dister, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Executive Search, Cejka Search
www.cejkasearch.com

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Health system sponsored physician employment: keys to success

September 14, 2009
A perfect storm of health care trends is driving health systems to employ physicians in record numbers. A confluence of economic and regulatory factors is fueling the trend. Following lessons learned from the past experiences in physician employment, a new and more sustainable generation of health system sponsored physician enterprises is emerging. This white paper is the second in a series on physician employment jointly authored by VHA and Southwind Health Partners.

One very important key to success in physician employment is the ability to align physicians' and hospitals' incentives for financial performance and quality patient care through the employed physician compensation plan. This white paper explores physician compensation models and their likely impact on the success of the physician employment enterprise.

BY:
Southwind Health Partners, LLC and VHA, Inc.
www.southwindhp.com
www.vha.com

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Choosing a Physician Leadership Model For Your Service Line

August 31, 2009
Engaging physicians in service line efforts is critical to success. In order to retain physicians whose interests and efforts support service line growth, the hospital goals for the service line must be aligned, wherever possible, with those of the physicians. This principle is more important than ever as hospitals face increasing pressure to provide high quality, efficient care, while managing limited resources and declining reimbursement. Hospitals must implement strategies which enhance patient care, improve financial performance, and increase volume and market share for both the hospital and its physicians.

BY:
Bryan J. Warren, Vice President, Operations
Accelero Health Partners
www.accelerohealth.com

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Health system sponsored physician employment: keys to success

August 24, 2009
A perfect storm of health care trends is driving health systems to employ physicians in record numbers. A confluence of economic and regulatory factors is fueling the trend. Following lessons learned from the past experiences in physician employment, a new and more sustainable generation of health system sponsored physician enterprises is emerging.

Understanding the complexities of physician employment and managing these elements proactively is a key to long term success. This white paper is the first in a series of seven white papers jointly authored by VHA and Southwind Health Partners. It explores the converging forces driving health systems to expand physician employment and the keys to success for building a financially sustainable physician employment enterprise.

BY:
Southwind Health Partners, LLC and VHA, Inc.
www.southwindhp.com
www.vha.com

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Solve Your Next Crisis with Expedience and Experience

July 30, 2009
Judicious healthcare leaders realize that crisis is inevitable, whether or not your organization is prepared. Crisis situations demand a focused approach and swift response. Although it is easy to panic and lose focus, this can be devastating, resulting in mistakes that magnify negative outcomes and jeopardize the reputation and viability of the organization. Responding effectively to crisis situations is a critical part of sound strategic management. To learn more about handling your next crisis situation more effectively, click below to download our latest white paper.

BY:
James Brophy, FACHE and Colleen Chapp, RN, MHA, MSN, FACHE
B.E.Smith
www.besmith.com

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Taking the Paper Out of Paperwork

July 16, 2009

The U.S. economy transmits over 18 billion electronic payments each year, yet approximately half of all healthcare financial transactions are still paper-based. Costs of paper, printing, postage and labor for manual processes in healthcare are estimated to add up to nearly $30 billion a year in waste. As healthcare reforms are considered in Washington, administrative savings represent a bright spot that could help pay for longer-term reforms.

This project was released by Emdeon, in cooperation with the Center for Health Transformation.

BY:
Emdeon
Center for Health Transformation
www.healthtransformation.net

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White Paper: Getting Results in Patient Safety — A New Era of Event Reporting

June 30, 2009

Why do adverse events and process-of-care errors happen and how can they be prevented? Answering those questions is essential to making real progress in improving patient safety.

Read how a sophisticated event reporting system is helping hospitals reduce adverse events and adopt process improvements that are leading to measurable gains in patient safety.

BY:
GE Healthcare
www.gehealthcare.com/solutions

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The Financial Value of e-Commerce: A GHX White Paper for Hospital Executives

June 24, 2009

It's no secret, e-commerce can reduce labor costs and improve productivity, but what about the bottom line? How can hospitals measure the hard dollar savings enabled by their supply chain automation initiatives? "The Financial Value of e-Commerce" is the first in a series of white papers produced by GHX for hospital financial executives. This first paper looks specifically at how e-commerce can optimize business processes through visibility to real-time data to generate hard dollar savings. Subsequent papers in the series will cover topics ranging from contract compliance and optimization; AP automation; and the purchase and utilization of physician preference items.

BY:
GHX
www.ghx.com

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Pursuing Magnet Designation

June 22, 2009

Technology such as Kronos for Healthcare solution suite can guide institutions on their laudable journey to excellence in nursing care. This whitepaper illustrates how the Kronos for Healthcare solution can assist organizations in their quest to become Magnet hospitals by providing the insightful labor productivity information that leads to superior work environments.

BY:
Kronos
www.kronos.com/magnet

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Case Study: Reducing Labor Costs without reducing FTE’s

June 9, 2009

As hospitals struggle with the burdens of volume variability, declining reimbursements and economy induced payor mix erosions it has become increasingly important that they discover new ways to reduce expenses without undermining access to labor.

Read how one hospital has reduced labor spending by the equivalent of 50 FTE's per year without reducing hours, pay rates or staff.

To discover how much labor waste your organization has, go to: http://www.workforcerx.org/recaptureCalculator.php

To check your hospital's Pay IQ go to: http://www.workforcerx.org/payIQ.php

BY:
Workforce Rx
www.workforcerx.org

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How the Cost Center Mindset is Costing Hospitals Millions

May 18, 2009

What if today's hospitals were managed as a collection of profit centers, instead of cost centers?

Healthcare thought leader, Rick Jackson, believes costs and revenues are misleading metrics in measuring the success of a service line. This white paper challenges executives to transform their hospital?s financial model in order to remain healthy staples of their communities.

Reader feedback is invited through a survey link.

BY:
Jackson Healthcare
www.jacksonhealthcare.com

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University of Louisville Hospital - A case history of obtaining government reimbursement for charges of self-pay patients

April 14, 2009

How can a hospital get potential bad debts shifted into paid categories?

One way is to get patients qualified for reimbursement through various government programs. Hospital staffers may lack the expertise skills needed to track applications through a long, perilous path to approval. And they have too many other duties.

That's why University of Louisville Hospital brought in Chamberlin Edmonds. $90 million later, it looks like the hospital made a good decision.

BY:
Chamberlin Edmonds
www.chamberlinedmonds.com

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Denver Health Medical Center - A Chamberlin Edmonds case history in recovering uncompensated dollars

March 30, 2009

At any safety-net hospital, a staff of people determine which cases are eligible for reimbursement through government-subsidized programs. Many hospitals do the job internally, but others get better results using outside eligibility specialists.

Denver Health turned to Atlanta-based Chamberlin Edmonds. "Their people came in with the expertise to do the job. They dealt with issues swiftly. And the cash is coming in," said Peg Burnette, CFO.

BY:
Chamberlin Edmonds
www.chamberlinedmonds.com

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Sample Size Considerations

March 23, 2009

With today's economic constraints, hospitals are revisiting their budgets line-by-line, including scrutinizing patient satisfaction survey costs. One of the most common patient survey money-waster is over or under-sampling — not conducting enough surveys for data to be useful or conducting more surveys than necessary. Either way, money is essentially thrown away. With a little knowledge and mathematical formulas, you can ensure that your patient satisfaction survey is giving you quality data with an acceptable error rate that fits your tight budget.

BY:
Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC)
www.PRConline.com

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Measuring Patient Loyalty

March 6, 2009

Patient-centered care is not just about keeping the patient actively involved in the treatment process. It is also about patient choice, and it begins the moment the patient contemplates where to receive care. Learn how survey methodologies, scales and measure impact loyalty and why the most effective way to increase loyalty is to have every patient feel that the quality of care they received was Excellent. Not very good, but Excellent.

BY:
Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC)
www.PRConline.com

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White Paper - Fostering Hospital Relationships with Community Physicians through the Implementation of Interoperable Electronic Health Records

February 11, 2009

This paper is written to assist hospital executives who are interested in developing an outreach program for community-based physicians and helping physicians finance the transition from paper-based records to electronic health records and patient portals to improve patient and operational outcomes.

BY:
Med3000
www.Med3000.com

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