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Dawning of the Age of Mortality Transparency
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
Twelve hours before New Year's Eve, California released inpatient mortality rates for each of the state's 335 hospitals for each of a dozen care categories. The results show surprising consistency: worse performers tended to stay worse but better ones continued to be better, begging the question, why?[Read More]
January 6, 2011
Editor's Picks

11 Hot Healthcare Buzzwords for 2011
Happy New Year. What would the first year in reform be without a list of must-know lingo for the savvy healthcare provider? May your journey be enlightening and smooth. [Read More]

Top 10 Healthcare Quality Issues for 2011
Here are the top quality challenges healthcare providers will face in 2011-many, such as imaging exposure effects, central line infections, and medical data breaches dominated headlines in 2010. [Read More]

4 Ways to RAC-Proof Hospital Admissions
Finance senior editor Karen Minich-Pourschadi has some tips to avoid the dreaded recovery audit contractor denial. One big no-no is keeping patients overnight who don't need that length of stay. [Read More]

Community Health's Hostile Takeover Attempt Shatters Holiday Calm
Senior editor Philip Betbeze opines on the latest, and very public kerfuffle involving Tenet hospitals and the hostile take-over attempt by rural competitor Community Health. Betbeze doesn't rule the deed out, but says that it just might be done with a higher pricetag.[Read More]

Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services
Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women's loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women's health marketing experts. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Reform Readiness
As the healthcare industry prepares for fundamental change under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report reveals that 60% of healthcare leaders say neither the quality nor the efficiency of healthcare at their organization will get any better under healthcare reform. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.[Read More]
This Week's Headlines

Physician burnout could hurt patients too
Los Angeles Times, January 5, 2011

New ambulance technology helps cardiac patients
Scranton Times-Tribune, January 4, 2011

Study says thousands get unneeded heart devices
The New York Times, January 5, 2011
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