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Monday, September 12, 2011

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Overhaul of Physician Education System Recommended

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2011

The nation's system for training physicians is in dramatic need of a complete overhaul to adequately provide future patient care, says a report from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

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CMS Compromise Gives Parkland Reprieve

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2011

Parkland Memorial Hospital has agreed to bring in an outside consultant to craft a plan of improvement for the Dallas hospital, in hopes of protecting its $417 funding from Medicare and Medicaid.

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Methodist Dallas Corrective Action Plan Accepted

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has accepted the corrective action plan submitted by Methodist Dallas Medical Center to address "immediate jeopardy" deficiencies. The hospital has identified the steps that will be or have already been taken to correct the problems.

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HHS Protects Same-Sex Partners' Rights in Hospitals

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2011

The federal government has announced guidelines to protect hospital patients' right to choose visitors, including same-sex domestic partners. The guidelines also support the right of patients to designate the person of their choice to make medical decisions on their behalf should they become incapacitated.

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How an In-House Consulting Team Saved $3 Million in 9 Months

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2011

The leader of a carefully selected strategic services team which serves as a consulting group to clinical and administrative teams at a California healthcare system, says she is "blown away" by the team's results.

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Breakthroughs: The High-Performing Surgical Program

By: September 2, 2011

 Given a reimbursement model based on outcomes, not volume, only those surgical services that can deliver state-of the-art care, value, and an outstanding patient experience will survive. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—St.Francis Hospital, Methodist Hospital System, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Bassett Healthcare—share lessons learned about new ways of approaching surgical care and strategy.

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Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes

By: August 23, 2011

Date: October 26, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Host Denver Health with invited guest Virtua share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process. LINK:

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