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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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U.S. Census Finds 16.3% of Americans Uninsured

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

While the year-over-year rise in the number of uninsured Americans is slight, the growing number reflects a continued decline in the availability of employer-sponsored health insurance, says one policy analyst.

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CIED-Related Infections, Costs Rising

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

The use of cardiac implantable electronic devices is accompanied by an increase in device-related infections, especially for pacemakers. And the cost of treating those infections, length of stay, and mortality within 15 months of the procedure has been rising, researchers say.

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Seeking Solutions for Brain Tumors

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2011

Building a brain tumor program is defined by lengthy pathways and initiating a strict clinical plan. As research shifts from the national level, opportunities to develop regional tumor research centers are growing.

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HHS Launches Heart Disease Prevention Campaign

By: Cheryl Clark, September 14, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to expand the role of the Physician Quality Reporting System, which provides bonus payment incentives – and in the future, payment reductions – based on the reporting of quality information related to new heart disease prevention goals for blood pressure and cholesterol control as well as smoking cessation.

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3 Tech Tips for the Surgical Suite

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, September 13, 2011

A new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs Report on high-performing surgical programs examines how four organizations are improving the role technology plays in building a surgical program that is not only efficient, quality-driven, and patient-centered, but also a financial success.

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NY Nurses Stayed With Critical Care Patients During Hurricane Irene

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, September 13, 2011

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered a hospital evacuation in anticipation of Hurricane Irene last month, but NYU Langone Medical Center refused to move six of its sickest ICU patients. When the unit's nurse manager received permission to keep the patients, she found she had no shortage of nursing staff to care for them.

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Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality

By: August 1, 2011

Date: September 15, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast About: Learn how host Bon Secours Richmond Health System and invited guest Geisinger Health System maximize downstream revenue in their women's health services, as well as opportunities for integration, quality and customer loyalty. LINK:

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Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 16, 2011
About: With 20% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from a hospital readmitted within 30 days, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas, which boasts one of the lowest readmission rates nationwide (17.3%), and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, which cut its readmission rate from the nation’s second-highest (32.4%) to 15%, share strategies to help you reduce your readmission rates.


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