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PDH: Understaffing a Possible Factor in Deaths at CRMC

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2011

Health Management Associates is disputing a report from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which says understaffing at Carlisle Regional Medical Center may have played a role in the deaths of at least two emergency department patients in June.

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APRNs Provide Care Equal to Doctors, Review Concludes

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2011

Evidence exists that care by advanced practice nurses at least as good as, and in some cases better than, care provided by physicians, and restrictions on APRN practice and reimbursement should be modified, Johns Hopkins researchers say.

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NCCPA Launches CAQ Program for PAs in 5 Specialties

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2011

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants has launched a certificate of added qualifications program for certified physician assistants practicing in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, nephrology, orthopedic surgery, and psychiatry.

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Book Excerpt: Complete Guide to Physician Relationships

By: Kriss Barlow, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2011

This book excerpt from The Complete Guide to Physician Relationships: Strategies for the Accountable Care Era, highlights priorities for the success of physician leaders with an emphasis on balancing cost containment and care delivery.

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5 Reasons Nurses Want to Leave Your Hospital

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2011

Are your nurses engaged, committed employees? Or are they biding their time until they can go somewhere better? Onerous overtime policies are just one issue that has nurses eyeing the exits.

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Q&A: HIT's Critical Role in Rural Hospital of the Future

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2011

Tim Size, executive director of the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, discusses how advances in technology can help create "a healthier balance between the power of capital and the power of place."

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Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.

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Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 16, 2011
About: With 20% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from a hospital readmitted within 30 days, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas, which boasts one of the lowest readmission rates nationwide (17.3%), and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, which cut its readmission rate from the nation’s second-highest (32.4%) to 15%, share strategies to help you reduce your readmission rates.


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