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Use of RAI for Thyroid Cancer Comes Under Scrutiny

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2011

Doctors may be using radioactive iodine inappropriately to treat early stage, low-risk thyroid cancer after surgery, contrary to the latest guidelines and with some evidence it will do more harm than good, researchers say.

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HHS Proposes Rules to Clarify Health Insurance Coverage

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2011

Acknowledging that health insurance benefits and cost information confuses many consumers, the Department of Health & Human Services has unveiled proposed rules to help them understand and make decisions on coverage.

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In Joplin, St. John’s Mercy Hospital Unveils Plans to Rebuild

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2011

St. John's Mercy Hospital has made public its sweeping plans to build a new hospital in Joplin, MO as the centerpiece of a nearly $950 million rebuilding plan for the city's tornado-ravaged healthcare infrastructure.

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2011 Top Leadership Team Awards Recognize Big Moves

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2011

In its eighth year, HealthLeaders Media's Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare award program continues to recognize and celebrate outstanding teamwork in healthcare, to share what makes top leadership teams successful, and to encourage other leaders to learn from the best.

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10 ACO Blunders You Can Avoid

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

Any entity considering becoming an accountable care organization must be prepared to avert these 10 costly missteps, says a public health expert. 

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What Women Want...From Healthcare

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2011

Women are most likely to be the family healthcare decision-makers, and that makes them a primary audience for hospital marketers.  But gender-based marketing can backfire as well as benefit an organization. It all depends on the message.

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For Rural EDs, CPOE Funding Must Come With Guidance

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2011

Rural emergency departments tend to lag behind their urban counterparts when it comes to computerized provider order entry. But the problem goes beyond a simple lack of funding. These EDs need help selecting and implementing health information technology tools.

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Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.


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Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 16, 2011
About: With 20% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from a hospital readmitted within 30 days, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas, which boasts one of the lowest readmission rates nationwide (17.3%), and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, which cut its readmission rate from the nation’s second-highest (32.4%) to 15%, share strategies to help you reduce your readmission rates.


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