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To Contain Costs, Some Hospitals Tackle Patients' Non-Medical Problems
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
Surgeon-author Atul Gawande explores how some hospitals are reducing costs and improving care for frequent fliers—their most complex, troublesome, and expensive patients—by simply by taking care of their social, non-medical problems, as well as their medical needs.[Read More]
January 27, 2011
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CMS Issues Guidance on Hospital Inpatient Admissions
Medicare sent guidelines that spell out what auditors and reviewers can and can't use for medical inpatient decisions. I'm not sure how much clearly this enlightens the issue—for example the reviewer is now required to use his or her own clinical judgment. An important note is the necessity for documentation.[Read More]

AHA: Make Wellness Part of Healthcare Workforce Culture
This story could very well have been headlined, "Provider Heal Thyself," for as we all know, the healthcare workforce is fraught with people whose lack of attention to diet and exercise is obvious. Now, the American Hospital Association is officially recognizing the problem with a call to action to make hospital personnel living role models for the practices they are trying to instill. [Read More]

5 Ways to Engage Patients in PHRs
Our technology senior editor Gienna Shaw says patients' attention to personal health records electronically actually improve their health practices. But how to beef up this practice, which only 7% have so far adopted, is the question. In her column this week, she suggests five ways to get the ball rolling. [Read More]

Hospitals Host Mammogram 'Parties'
Here's a new twist on the tuperware party. These perks would definitely get me to have my mammogram on time: Wine, a facial, a back rub and a no guilt splurge with chocolate. Especially if I got my results right before I left the party. [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: E-Health Systems: Opportunities and Obstacles
In this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, 90% of healthcare leaders say they'll achieve meaningful use from the governmental push for electronic health systems by 2016. And 89% of leaders say that e-health systems will improve quality of care industrywide within 10 years. But in the meantime, leaders' assessments of the cost, functionality, and other aspects of the technology is mixed.[Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Journal files suit to open Medicare database
The Wall Street Journal, January 27, 2011

Stricter oversight urged for defibrillators
The New York Times, January 26, 2011

Seattle Children's criticized in newborn's death
The Seattle Times, January 26, 2011

As docs age, worries about their ability grow
The New York Times, January 25, 2011
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