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Monday, October 18, 2010

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Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration Improves Outcomes

By: Jeff Elliott for HealthLeaders Media, October 18, 2010

Two studies indicate that adding pharmacists  to the primary care team for joint care management increases medical benefits.

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Lower Deductibles Linked to Increases in Preventive Screenings

By: Roxanna Guilford-Blake for HealthLeaders Media, October 18, 2010

Providing first-dollar coverage for primary preventive screenings appears to increase utilization of screenings, researchers find. However, the finding raises questions about differences in the actions between those with low- deductible and high-deductible health plans.

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Most Physicians Fail to Follow CRC Screening Guidelines

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 18, 2010

Only 20% of physicians recommend colorectal cancer screenings tests to their patients in accordance with current practice guidelines. Consequently, many physicians either overuse or underuse screening tests, study shows.

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Hospitalist Company Acquires NV, NJ Practices

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 18, 2010

IPC The Hospitalist Company, Inc. has acquired Post-Acute Medical Associates in NJ and Muhammad Syed, MD, in Las Vegas, NV. The two physician groups will partner existing IPC practices to improve care delivery and coordination.

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Managing Healthcare Staffing Costs

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2010

Measuring the right data, and having real-time access to that information, is essential to controlling staffing costs.

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Intelligence Report: Patient Experience - Help Wanted

By: October 15, 2010

While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.

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Lead Transformation: Accelerate Value, Quality, and Coordination

By: October 7, 2010

Join us October 21, live or virtually, for this complimentary, exclusive half-day leadership event that will bring leaders from top healthcare organizations to explore real paths to take today toward accountable care structures and define what medical home and patient-centered care mean for your healthcare organization. Recognized leaders and peer experts will be featured from: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Columbus Regional Hospital, Baptist Health System, Chenango Memorial Hospital, Network Health, Crystal Run Healthcare, Moffitt Cancer Center, Novant Health, and GE Healthcare, Americas. This event takes place October 21, 8:30 am—12:30 pm (CST) at The Fairmont in Dallas, Texas. To register call 800/753-0131 or click here.

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Tax Credit Hides True Cost of Healthcare

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, October 15, 2010

In an industry that many claim is economically out of whack, overburdened by regulation, and extraordinarily expensive, government is going to exacerbate the problem by hiding the true cost of healthcare through income tax credits. I've got a better idea.

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