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Thursday, August 16, 2012


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Parkland Names Ex-Tenet Exec Interim CEO

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 2012

Robert L. (Bob) Smith, a retired Tenet Healthcare executive, replaces Thomas Royer, MD, as the interim CEO of the Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas. The safety-net hospital is challenged by serious deficiencies that threaten patient safety.

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CA Nurses Sound Alarm Over Epic EMR System

By: Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 2012

Two nurses have approached the governing body of a California hospital with concerns about patient safety. The move stems from an incident in which one nurse claims that the facility's EpicCare EMR system's dosage recommendation for a heart medication "could have killed" a patient.

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Payers' Optimism Tempered By Economic Realities

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2012

While upbeat about the growth they are expecting in Medicaid and Medicare enrollments and opportunities around accountable care organizations, senior executives at major public health plans concede that economic factors may be working against them.

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FCC Evaluates Rural Health Broadband Efforts

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2012

A Federal Communications Commission report details six years' worth of rural projects to bring connectivity to rural areas. Even with billions in federal seed money, it acknowledges that funding challenges for broadband remain a key issue for rural providers that operate on thin margins or in the red.

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3 Secrets to Successfully Marketing Robotic Surgery

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2012

How can hospitals most effectively communicate the message about complex technologies to potential patients? Two hospitals share their winning strategies for boosting rates of surgical procedures performed using the da Vinci surgical system.

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Webcast: Marketing & Metrics—The Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Way

By: July 30, 2012

Date: Sept. 14, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Can you prove the value of your marketing efforts to your organization's bottom line? Learn how marketing leaders from Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Services capture, track, and measure the impact of their marketing programs to demonstrate ROI and better support organizational business objectives. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access.

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Rounds: Sustainable Patient-Centered Excellence—Lessons From Sharp HealthCare

By: July 30, 2012

Date: September 5, 2012, 9:00–12:00 p.m. PT

Sharp HealthCare leaders reveal the secrets that have enabled them to turn their patient-centered care initiative into a sustainable program that's ingrained in the culture, improves outcomes, and grows stronger over time. By combining their Sharp Experience performance improvement initiative with the Planetree Patient-Centered Care Model, they have built an organization of sustainable patient-centered excellence like no other.

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