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Friday, March 11, 2011


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Dramatic Increase Seen in Patients Leaving Hospitals AMA

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 11, 2011

Incidences of patients who discharge themselves against medical advice have risen 40% over a decade, particularly among the uninsured, data released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows.

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Aetna, Carilion Clinic Building ACO in VA

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 11, 2011

The Aetna-Carilion collaboration is expected to include new payment models that encourage providers to share accountability to improve patients' health, including rewards for meeting quality targets and shared costs savings,

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Cancer Survivor Ranks Expanding

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 11, 2011

A federal report advises healthcare providers to be attentive to the needs of people living with a cancer diagnosis. Many experience long-term physical and psychosocial effects of treatment, the CDC points out.

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Time to Redefine 'Normal' Blood Pressure, Researchers Say

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 11, 2011

A reassessment of what constitutes 'normal' blood pressure could ensure that diagnoses are given only to those with a meaningful elevation in risk, and target individuals most likely to benefit from treatment, researchers say.

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HCA Raises $3.79B in IPO

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

The nation's largest for-profit hospital chain, HCA, sold 126 million shares priced at $30 a share in an initial public offering that raised nearly $200 million more than projected by financial analysts.

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10 Ways CMS's Value-Based Purchasing Proposal is Flawed

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

A thicket of negative public comments on a government website point to problems with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed regulations governing hospital inpatient value-based purchasing penalties.

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MRSA No Reason for Doctors to Ditch the White Coat

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, March 10, 2011

British physicians are banned from wearing white coats and long-sleeved garments in an effort to decrease the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other bacteria within hospitals. Colorado researchers say the Brits have it all wrong.

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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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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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