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Hospital Compensation Growth Falls in Line With Larger Economy

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2010

The quarterly costs to hospitals for growth in wages, salaries, and total compensation has steadily declined over the past decade and now is roughly the same as total compensation growth for all workers in the overall economy, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows.

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Follow-Up Care Methods Aid Patient Depression Control

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, November 1, 2010

Follow-up care methods from physicians—such as phone call check-ups, interventions, and collaboration to create medical homes—have been shown to help patients control depression, according to an issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

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Ascension Health to Create 500 Jobs

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2010

The nonprofit health system has announced it will invest $11 million to open a professional service center by 2013.  The Indianapolis center will support human resources, supply chain, finance, and accounting functions.

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Independent Physicians' Support Group to Launch in MI

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2010

The University of Michigan Health System and the Physicians' Organization of Western Michigan have formed a statewide group to help independent physicians improve access to resources, opportunities, and support during the implementation of healthcare reform.

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Disclosing Medical Errors Cuts Costs, Legal Expert Says

By: Tami Swartz, for HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2010

Defending and denying medical errors in order to avoid lawsuits has become a bad habit for some hospital systems. A culture of transparency is the better route for cutting costs and legal claims, a legal expert says.

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Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration

By: October 28, 2010

Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned.

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned.

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Former Healthcare CEOs Should Take a Hike

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, October 29, 2010

Most hospital and health system chiefs †have spent so many years working the daylights out of the position that even in retirement, the thought of having nothing at all to do with the institution would be out of the question. But it's probably what they should do—at least for a couple of years. Why? Because their involvement could be damaging.

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