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Healthcare Lingo Hobbled by Political Correctness
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
The Affordable Care Act's penalties and incentives and talk of medical homes and accountability have set the stage for a linguistic battleground. We're starting to argue about individual words, but perhaps we're forgetting what the fight is about. [Read More]
 
 
April 28, 2011
 
     
 
Editor's Picks

The Coming Age of the Patient Navigator
With all the talk about care transitions to improve quality and lower cost, several organizations are thinking ahead about who will pick up this new responsibility. Enter the patient navigator, a clinician who will make sure all loose ends are tied up and follow the patient home, if necessary. [Read More]

Low Health Literacy Linked to Mortality in CHF Patients
Asking congestive heart failure patients three simple questions designed to assess health literacy levels can identify patients who need help understanding and following instructions for medication regimens, study shows. [Read More]

IOM Calls for National Quality Measures for Pediatric Healthcare
While numerous independent databases track quality of care and health status for children and adolescents, a unified national system is lacking, a report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council shows. [Read More]

Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures
At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs. [Read More]

Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations
Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital.[Read More]

Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era
Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI. [Read More]

This Week's Headlines
'Use only as directed' isn't easy
The Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2011

MRSA infections down at VA hospitals
The Baltimore Sun,, April 28, 2011

A fight over how drugs are pitched
The New York Times, April 26, 2011

Clues to why gastric bypass surgery cures Type 2 Diabetes
NPR, April 28, 2011
FDA Urged to Ban Medical Use of Latex Gloves
HealthLeaders Media, April 27, 2011
5 Ways to Energize Your Patient Experience Strategy
HealthLeaders Media, April 27, 2011
Patient emits potentially harmful gas
The Detroit Free Press, April 27, 2011
Medical community works to trim hospital errors
The Detroit Free Press, April 27, 2011
CT scans of Egyptian mummy help VT solve crimes
NPR/Associated Press, April 27, 2011
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Webcasts/Rounds

May 11: Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

May 18: Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

May 18: Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures

May 24: Webcast: Blueprint for an Integrated and Alignment-Driven Physician Compensation Plan

On demand: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes

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