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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals List Shifts Methodology

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 17, 2012

This year, the magazine's algorithm for determining hospital scores gives less weight to a facility's reputation and more weight to hospital data that is publicly available, such as information collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Bariatric Surgery Fails to Shrink Healthcare Costs

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 17, 2012

Among certain patients, gastric bypass operations did not lower healthcare costs in the three years after surgery, although they did save lives, a Veterans Affairs Medical System study shows.

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To Cut Costs, Motivate Nurses, Take a Cue From Airlines

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, July 16, 2012

An online scheduling tool and a points-based rewards program helped a Georgia hospital resolve its ongoing staffing problems, cut nursing costs, and improve morale.

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Demand for APRNs Set to Spike

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 16, 2012

With healthcare coverage set to expand extensively under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the American Nurses Association believes that one of the most effective means of meeting the healthcare needs of these newly insured patients will be through advanced practice registered nurses.

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Webcast: 2 Proven Strategies to Reduce Nurse Labor Costs

By: July 6, 2012

Date: July 24, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
How do you reduce nurse labor expenses—one of the top expenditures at every hospital—without sacrificing quality of care? Learn how to optimize nurse schedules for maximum cost savings, create a deep float pool, and drastically cut the need for staffing agency nurses. Nurse leaders from St. Francis Hospital and other industry experts provide proven tactics in this customized webcast.

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Intelligence Report: Clinical Quality—Data is the Key to Survival

By: July 10, 2012

Healthcare organizations today overwhelmingly track clinical quality outcomes and patient safety metrics. However, while 76% are implementing EHRs, only 44% say the systems benefit patient safety, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report or Premium version with exclusive research and analysis.

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