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Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Healthcare Philanthropy Hobbled by Recession in 2009

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2010

While charitable giving to nonprofit hospitals and healthcare systems fell 11% in 2009, healthcare fundraisers spent significantly more money than in years past, eroding return on investment 23%.

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Shorter Hours for Residents May Come with Financial Consequences

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2010

Reduced residency duty-hour rules devised by a panel of medical education, patient safety, and clinical care specialists could increase hospitals' financial burdens and hinder educational efforts, report says.

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St. Joseph's to Pay $22M to Settle Federal Charges

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2010

Maryland's St. Joseph's Medical Center has agreed to pay $22 million to settle accusations of paying kickbacks and allowing a doctor to place medically unnecessary stents in patients covered by a federal program, the Department of Justice has announced.

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AMA Releases Social Media Guidelines for Physicians

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2010

The American Medical Association has adopted a social media use policy to help physicians protect patient privacy as well as physicians' personal and professional reputations.

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Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration

By: October 28, 2010

Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned.

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned.

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Digital or Traditional, Campaign Messaging Is Paramount

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2010

Every now and then it's beneficial to remind ourselves that healthcare communications don't always have to involve a battery-operated device to be relevant and engaging.

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Nurses' Role in Primary Care Access Critical, But Constrained

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2010

The difficulties of finding primary care in rural communities are well understood. Restrictive state regulations should be amended to enable nurse practitioners to take on a greater role in serving the primary care needs of rural Americans.

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Healthcare Reform: Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2010

The feds told us healthcare reform was about creating a high-quality, affordable delivery system for every American within four years. Not only is that a lofty goal, it's an impossibility by project management standards.

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