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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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Adverse Drug Events Raise ED Costs, Hospitalizations

By: Christine Leccese for HealthLeaders Media, February 28, 2011

Emergency department patients with adverse drug events have a 50% greater risk of spending additional days in the hospital, and a 20% greater need for outpatient healthcare, than other patients, researchers find.

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Top 12 Most-Read HealthLeaders Stories February 2011

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, March 1, 2011

Our hot stories in February were about HIPAA-scoffing hospital staff, a major management shakeup at HCA, Medicare fraud busts, the rise of a nurse practioner to medical staff president, and barriers to success with telemedicine systems.

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DOJ Deal Ends Monopoly for Texas Health System

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 1, 2011

United Regional Health Care System has agreed to a demand from federal prosecutors that it no longer block health plans from contracting with other hospitals in the Wichita Falls, TX area, the Department of Justice has announced.

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Ventas to Acquire Nationwide Health Properties in $7.4B Deal

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 1, 2011

The all-stock transaction will create the nation's largest publicly traded real estate investment trust, with more than 1,300 assets in 47 states, including medical office buildings and skilled nursing facilities.

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How to Break Even on Medicare Reimbursements

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, February 28, 2011

Medicare is rarely where hospitals and health systems expect to make money, but it is possible to break even, if you follow these expert tips.

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Wellness Programs Show Hard-dollar Savings

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 28, 2011

Until recently, it's been difficult to consistently demonstrate savings generated by wellness programs. But a just-published, four-year study finds that over several years, healthcare costs of wellness program participants rose at demonstrably slower rates than a control group.

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Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform

By: February 14, 2011

Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy.

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Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services

By: February 14, 2011

Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders.

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