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Friday, December 21, 2012


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80,000 Surgical 'Never Events' Charted Over 20 Years

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 21, 2012

A new Johns Hopkins study counts 80,000 "never event" surgical episodes, such as wrong sites and wrong procedures, resulting in $1.3 billion in hospital payouts in 1990-2010. The study leader believes the true number is higher.

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Immediate Jeopardy Fines for 12 California Hospitals

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 21, 2012

A dozen incidents at 10 California hospitals in 2010–2011 warranted $785,000 in "immediate jeopardy" penalties on Thursday. Four patients died from these errors and several others were seriously hurt.

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In Gun Debate, Physicians Edge Closer to Front Lines

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, December 20, 2012

In light of the mass shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, the American Medical Association's chief decries the country's mental health system and wants physicians to have the right to question patients about gun use in their homes.

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Hospital Care '3,000 Times Less Safe Than Air Travel,' Says TJC Chief

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 20, 2012

Mark Chassin, president of The Joint Commission, urges hospital quality chiefs to work harder to move their systems toward recognizing and reporting process problems before they cause harm.

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Rounds: Clinical Integration at Scott & White

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, for HealthLeaders Media, November 5, 2012

Date: January 8, 2013, 12:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Scott & White physician leaders share how they created an extensive physician and executive leadership development program to bring clinical and business leadership skills together. Register to attend this three-hour virtual seminar with interactive Q&A on Scott & White's physician-led delivery model.

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Book: The Healthcare Executive's Guide to ACO Strategy

By: February 14, 2012

Author: Coker Group

About: This is the first comprehensive book dissecting the integral components of accountable care organizations from physician, provider, and payer views. Includes analysis of the final CMS regulations. Learn strategies about the reimbursement model of the future from industry experts and position your facility for success.

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