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How Hospitals Can Cut Medical Liability Costs

By: Roxanna Guilford-Blake, for HealthLeaders Media, December 13, 2010

Medical liability costs continue to grow for hospitals, but the secret to controlling this isn't necessarily found in the financials. It's cultural. And that may leave a CFO wondering just what he or she can do to bend that cost curve.

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Bladder Regeneration Technique Uses Auto-Harvested Stem Cells

By: December 13, 2010

Researchers have developed a medical model for regenerating human bladders using stem cells harvested from a patient's own marrow, but application in a clinical setting is years away.

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Telemedicine in ICUs May Trim Critical Care Costs

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, December 13, 2010

Tele-ICU technology, which allows medical staff to monitor high volumes of ICU patients in multiple, distant locations from a centralized command center could save more than $122 million annually  in Massachusetts alone, according to a study from the New England Healthcare Institute and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

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Sanford Health Inks Purchasing Pact with MN Hospital

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 13, 2010

Appleton (MN) Area Health Services, a community-owned critical access hospital, has entered a volume purchasing agreement with Sanford Health, effective Jan. 1.

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How ROI Outsourcing Can Reduce Providers' Economic Risk

By: Bonnie Coffey, for HealthLeaders Media, December 10, 2010

Releasing health records per request is a process that requires meticulous compliance in order to avoid financial, and other, penalties. Here's why providers should use an outsourcing company that maintains the experience and training necessary to prevent these violations.

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3 Actions That Could Save Community Hospitals

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, December 10, 2010

In the new era, data will be king, and if you can't show you're at least as good—and as cheap—as your competitors, you're likely not going to be around long. Here are three actions community hospitals should take to remain viable long-term, according to Skip Cimino, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton in NJ.

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Webcast: Service Line Strategies Workshop: Back and Spine Care

By: December 7, 2010

Successful spine and back care service lines require a foundation rooted in market knowledge, organizational commitment, and physician alignment, as well as the fluidity to adapt to ever-changing conditions, including reimbursement changes, technological advances, and a growing patient preference for non-surgical options. Join HealthLeaders Media on December 14 for this 90-minute Webcast and Q&A, and discover ways to position your back/spine service line for success.

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Webcast: Tactics to Measure Financial ROI for Marketing Efforts

By: November 30, 2010

Proving marketing ROI is both critical to do, yet often hard to do. In this economic and competitive environment, the stakes are high—you need to show the efficacy of your marketing dollars through a commitment to measuring your efforts beyond brand awareness. Join HealthLeaders Media on December 13 for this 90-minute Webcast and Q&A to get specific how-to's on demonstrable marketing efficacy with case studies from Chester County Hospital and Fairview Health Services.

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