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Friday, October 19, 2012

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Soap, Swabs Slash Infection Rates by 44%

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2012

Bloodstream infections, including MRSA, dropped by nearly half in ICU patients who were subjected to daily "universal decolonization" using antimicrobial soap and nasal swabs in a study.

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SGR Repeal Plea Backed by 110 Physician Groups

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2012

In a letter to the Senate Finance Committee, scores of physician groups plead for repeal the sustainable growth rate formula, which would cut doctors' Medicare pay by 27%.

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Health Courts Would Curb 'Staggering Waste,' Attorney Says

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, October 18, 2012

A Washington attorney argues for the creation of administrative health courts as "the only way you get rid of defensive medicine." Written rulings by judges would curb the cost of malpractice litigation, he says.

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Medical Harm Complaint System Could be Quality Data Goldmine

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 18, 2012

A pilot project proposed by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality may unleash a torrent of patient gripes, but may yield valuable data from which providers can learn about medical errors and patient safety.

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Webcast: Cardiology Service Line—From Volume to Value

By: October 1, 2012

Date: Nov. 27, 2012, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET

Coordinate protocols and standardize approaches to better manage cost and reform transitions in the cardiology service line, without cutting into the service or quality of care. Join Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, Sacred Heart Hospital, and Wellmont Health System as they share tactical approaches for maneuvering through healthcare reform transitions in the cardiology service line.

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Rounds: Cancer Service Line Leadership—Baylor Health Care System

By: October 1, 2012

Date: Nov. 6, 2012, 12:00-3:00 p.m. CT

Baylor Health Care leaders reveal how they have built a cutting-edge cancer care model that combines personalized guidance, tailored treatment, and opportunities to participate in clinical trials of new treatments. Get real-world solutions, interactive Q&A, and lessons learned, including how to and combine the best aspects of academic and private practice cancer models to serve patients better.

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