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Thursday, March 10, 2011


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Medical Error Rates Vary Widely, HealthGrades Finds

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 9, 2011

Patients have a 46% lower risk of experiencing a safety incident at a top-rated hospital compared to a poorly rated hospital, and regional variations among hospitals in the prevalence of medical errors and preventable deaths and complications, a HealthGrades report finds.

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AHA: Hospital Pricing Variations Unrelated to M&A Activity

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

A report from the American Hospital Association refutes claims that rising hospital costs are a result of hospital consolidation via mergers and acquisitions and says more than half of costs are due to the cost of labor.

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OCR Rolls Out HIPAA Training Plan for AGs

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, March 10, 2011

The Office for Civil Rights is offering to train state attorneys general to enforce the HIPAA privacy and security rules.

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6 Health Plans Jointly Fund $1.5M Patient-Centered Medical Home Program

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

Aetna, CDPHP, Hudson Health Plan, MVP Health Care, UnitedHealthcare, and Empire BlueCross Blue Shield funded 236 primary care physicians in 11 practices that achieved patient-centered medical home recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

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HIEs: Still More Questions than Answers

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, March 9, 2011

Health insurance exchanges will guide how consumers purchase health insurance that's not supplied as part of an employer benefits package. But states are largely on their own to determine what the final product will look like. And that's where things get fuzzy.

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Lap-Band Surgery Campaign Thin on Info, Says LAPHD

By: Doug Desjardins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 9, 2011

 A billboard campaign for an adjustable gastric banding surgery downplays the procedure's risks, charges the Los Angeles Department of Public Health. It's a cautionary tale for healthcare marketers.

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CMS Rural Community Hospital Demo Program Expands in Maine

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, March 9, 2011

Hospitals selected to participate in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services program may hope for a quick boon to the bottom line, but the program's real rewards may not come entirely in the form of direct reimbursements, nor may they come immediately.

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Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform

By: February 14, 2011

Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services

By: February 14, 2011

Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9460&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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