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Thomson Reuters Names Top 10 Health Systems

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2011

Health Systems in Illinois and Massachusetts account for half of the 2011 list. Winners were selected from among 285 U.S. health systems based on their performance in eight areas including mortality, patient safety, and readmissions.

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White House Relaxes PCIP Requirements to Kick-Start Enrollments

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2011

Applicants seeking coverage under the federally administered Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan will enjoy lower premiums and lighter admission requirements while agents and brokers will be paid to boost enrollment, the Obama administration has announced.

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MGH Customizes CT Radiation Doses via 'Virtual Autopsy'

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2011

Acknowledging that the best image is not always necessary to render an accurate diagnosis, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are publishing a variety of protocols for imaging various parts of the body, based on dose threshold techniques tested on about 40 cadavers.

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Q&A: Methodist Health CEO on an ACO Alternative

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2011

Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, president and CEO of Methodist Health System talks with HealthLeaders Media about Methodist's collaborative partnership with Texas Health Resources, patient accountability, and why accountable care organizations need to work.

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Mobile Phones in Hospitals Pose Pathogen Threat, Researchers Say

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2011

Nearly 40% of mobile phones collected from hospital patients and visitors showed presence of pathogenic bacteria, such as multi-drug resistant staphylococcus aureus, but researchers failed to connect drug-resistant organisms on cell phones with actual in-hospital transmission to patients. 

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Boost Nurse Responsibility with Shared Governance

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, May 31, 2011

Nurse leaders take note: Shared governance has been shown to reduce lengths of stay, improve retention, enhance patient safety, and result in a more robust bottom line.

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2 ACO Experts, 2 Viewpoints, Too Much to Know

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, May 31, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced two initiatives intended to increase participation in accountable care organizations. But experts disagree on the value of the educational and advance payment incentives.

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Webcast: Alternative ACO 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. Register today.

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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: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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