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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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AHRQ: Rate of Adverse Events in Medicare Cases 'Disturbing'

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2010

One in seven Medicare beneficiaries suffers an adverse event during a hospital stay, a federal study conducted for the Office of Inspector General has found. The director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says her agency needs to continue to work on improving patient safety.

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CMS Unveils ACA-Driven Innovation Center

By: Jeff Elliott for HealthLeaders Media, November 16, 2010

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick and center Director Richard Gilfillan formally introduced the Accountable Care Act-directed program designed to research and test new means of providing and paying for healthcare.

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High Dose Radiation Imaging Guidelines Inadequate

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2010

Myocardial perfusion imaging, a common test for heart disease, is often done multiple times, exposing patients to potentially harmful, and perhaps unneeded doses of radiation, a report published in JAMA says.

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NH Hospitals Brace for Lower Payments for Medicaid Patients

By: Robert N. Mitchell, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2010

A repayment formula approved this week by a New Hampshire legislative committee for uncompensated care may be too low to accurately reflect what hospitals in the state spend on uninsured and Medicaid patients. The plan awaits federal approval.

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5 Tips for Building Nurse Excellence, Outcomes

By: Meryl Montgomery, RN, for HealthLeaders Media, November 16, 2010

Nurse professionals can use these tips to develop leadership, empowerment, exemplary practice, knowledge, innovations, and empirical outcomes within nursing care.

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Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions

By: November 15, 2010

Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat.

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned.

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5 Must-Haves for CMIO Success

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, November 16, 2010

Thinking of adding a chief medical information officer to your IT staff? You can't just pluck anyone from the doctor's lounge and consider the job filled. Here are five key attributes that should be part of the job description for any CMIO.

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HCPro Announces Nursing Image Awards

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, November 16, 2010

Karen Hill started out at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, KY, as a teenage candy striper. Today, she's a visionary vice-president and chief nurse executive and winner of the 2010 HCPro Nursing Image Awards: Image of Nursing in Leadership.

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