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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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Drug Shortages Increasing at 'Alarming Rate,' Says AHA

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2011

Three out of four clinicians rarely or never receive advance notification of drug shortages and seven out of 10 patients receive less-effective drugs to compensate for insufficient supplies, American Hospital Association survey results show.

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Revascularization of AMI Patients Persists Despite No Demonstrated Benefit

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2011

The author of a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine explains why hospital teams commonly perform revascularization procedures after patients have experienced acute myocardial infarction even though studies have found no benefit.

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Winners and Losers Under VBP

By: Roxanna Guilford-Blake, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2011

To succeed under CMS's value-based purchasing plan, CFOs must collaborate with clinical leaders and monitor efforts closely.

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Fake Doctor Admits Real Medicare Scam

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2011

A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty in federal court to healthcare fraud and aggravated identity theft after illegally treating hundreds of elderly patients, writing prescriptions for medication, and then billing Medicare.

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U.S. Job Growth Dismal, Despite June Healthcare Gains

By: July 13, 2011

In the overall economy there were only 18,000 new jobs created in June, but 13,500 of them were in the healthcare sector, Bureau of Labor Statistics  preliminary data show.

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6 Google+ Positives for Healthcare

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, July 12, 2011

Google’s latest foray into social networking holds promise for healthcare organizations. Business networking opportunities, a user-friendly setup, and specific settings are just a few Google+ advantages.

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'Bed Wizards' Transform ED Throughput

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, July 12, 2011

An emergency department flow facilitator, also known as a bed wizard, is a registered nurse assigned to radio calls, which allows triage nurses out front to concentrate on patients. Here's how one hospital uses its wizard to improve patient satisfaction and the throughput process.

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Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

By: June 14, 2011

Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.

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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

By: June 13, 2011

Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health--first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.

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