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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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The New ED: Keep Patients Out (but Happy)

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 13, 2011

The emergency department is being asked to pave a path that may lead out of the hospital as much as it leads patients inside. It is becoming a U-turn lane of sorts for patients who can be, more effectively and less expensively, cared for at home or in another setting.

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A Modest Proposal for Controlling Healthcare Costs

By: Jim Koepke, for HealthLeaders Media, May 13, 2011

The government should put the entire healthcare entitlement system out to bid so that private firms with a record of competence and success can take over the system and manage it, argues a former administrator of a county mental health center.

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Only 13 RHIOs Meet Meaningful Use Criteria

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 17, 2011

Out of 75 regional health information organizations across the U.S., only 13 meet the most basic criteria for meaningful use of health information technology, researchers say.

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Do Locum Tenens Physicians Fit Your Strategic Plan?

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, May 16, 2011

When assessing the actual value of locum tenens doctors, remember to periodically re-validate their costs and don't forget to factor in patient satisfaction and quality of care, advises a staffing expert.

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Strong Leaders Support Healthcare Worker Safety

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 16, 2011

State governments and hospitals are doing a better job at supporting healthcare employees who've been assaulted on the job, but much work in that area remains to be done. Even small actions by those in senior leadership positions can go a long way.

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Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

By: April 5, 2011

Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital.

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Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care

By: May 4, 2011

Whether your hospital system is pursuing an accountable care organization or a broader program of clinical integration, the real work of creating high-value, cost-effective healthcare is in transforming the systems of care. But the solutions may not be as big and unmanageable as you think. Join us live or via live webcast from Gundersen Lutheran Health System with Gundersen’s clinical and executive leadership team and invited guest Fairview Health Services, two of the nation’s health system pioneers in high-quality, lower-cost healthcare. LINK:

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Webcast: Beyond Medicare Shared Savings: Effective ACO & Clinical Integration Strategies

By: May 4, 2011

Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy. Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, for a deep dive with leading experts savvy on the legal and business operation of ACOs in commercial markets and CMS programs other than Medicare Shared Savings. LINK:

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