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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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ED Diversion Raises Heart Attack Mortality

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 14, 2011

Heart attack patients have a higher risk of dying within a year if the closest emergency department is on diversion as opposed to operating normally on the day they get sick, according to a Robert Wood Johnson-funded study.

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DOJ Intervenes in TN Stent Fraud Lawsuit

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 14, 2011

A four-year-old whistleblower case centering on charges of overutilization of cardiac medical services, kickbacks, and a self-referral scheme has been ordered unsealed by the Department of Justice. Two cardiologists, two area health systems, and a radiologist are involved.

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Nonprofit Hospital Donations Up 8% in FY2010

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 14, 2011

 The nation's nonprofit hospitals collected $8.26 billion in philanthropic donations in fiscal year 2010, not as high as pre-recession levels, but trending strongly upward, an Association for Healthcare Philanthropy report says.

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CABG, PCI Rates Decline in CA

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 14, 2011

The number of coronary artery graft procedures and percutaneous coronary interventions is falling in California, according to the latest release of the nation's largest database on hospital and surgeon cardiac mortality.

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4 True Tales of Successful Financial Leadership

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, June 13, 2011

Leaders have to be excellent strategists. They also have to get practical results. This week I share some favorite stories of financial wins, both big and small, that every CFO should read.

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Healthcare Reflects Society's Woes

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

Medicine is a noble profession, practiced by highly trained professionals, the vast majority of whom are dedicated to their healing mission. But sometimes, covering healthcare as a journalist seems more like covering the police blotter.

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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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Webcast: Transform Your ED into a Profit Center

By: June 13, 2011

Date: June 23, 2011
What: Get in-the-trenches management tools and techniques to grow your ED's bottom line. Learn how Heartland Health revamped processes and increased revenue from $15 million to $33.5 million and turned its ED into a profit center with a 40% margin. 

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