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NQF Adds 4 Serious Reportable Events, Updates 25

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2011

The National Quality Forum board has approved for endorsement a list of 29 serious reportable events including surgical and invasive procedures and radiologic, device, and care management events. The full list of events is subject to a public appeals process.

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Healthcare Partnership Targets KY's Medically Underserved

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2011

Three major healthcare organizations in Kentucky have announced plans to form a statewide healthcare system linking hospitals, clinics, specialty institutions, home health agencies, satellite primary care centers, and physician groups across 91 locations.

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Pronovost: Surveillance Bias Threatens Quality Payment Fairness

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2011

A serious problem of 'surveillance bias' threatens the fairness of quality incentive payments and therefore, the integrity of public reporting about harm, says Johns Hopkins Medicine quality pioneer Peter Pronovost, MD.

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3 in 4 Young Adults Go to Doctor's Office for Routine Care

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2011

In an online poll, 90 percent of adults aged 18 to 26, said they visited a healthcare provider at least once in the past year. The American Academy of Family Physicians cites prevention as a driver.

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FACT FILE: Hospital Performance

By: June 13, 2011

JUNE 2011 -- Even before the healthcare reform law, hospitals demonstrated positive performance in key areas, such as mortality, core measures, and length of stay. The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® outperform the industry overall.

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How Value-Based Purchasing is Changing Nursing

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, June 14, 2011

As hospitals plan how to best operate under value-based purchasing rules, it's worth taking the time to reevaluate the impact on patient care and who should be working on what.

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3 Mobile Apps to Help Cut the Fat

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, June 14, 2011

Technology might be to blame for growing obesity rates, but mobile apps inspired by healthcare professionals and researchers are helping clinicians engage patients in healthful habits.

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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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