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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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IPAB to Kick In Early to Ease Impact of Medicare Cuts

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2011

The Independent Payment Advisory Board gains strength under President Obama's deficit reduction plan, which includes $320 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. IPAB is considered key to helping achieve those cuts in a way that minimizes the immediate effect on beneficiaries.

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Groups Call for Transparency in Hospital Accreditation Survey Findings

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2011

Nearly 60 patient advocacy groups are pushing to make findings from the Joint Commission, and all hospital accreditation surveys, open to the public.

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Women's Health Services Hold 'Significant' Potential in ACOs

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2011

Whether launching perinatal care programs or trying to harness electronic medical records, health systems must tap into innovative programs to realize the potential for growth in women's health service lines, particularly in an accountable care organization environment, experts say.

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Data Predicts Erectile Function After Cancer Treatment

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2011

Prostate cancer specialists can now predict a patient's chances of having erectile dysfunction after prostatectomy, external radiotherapy, or brachytherapy, based on data derived from patient-centered outcomes research, a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says.

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3 Ways Tech Can Help Hospitals Collect

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2011

The way Americans pay for healthcare services is changing—and as a result healthcare providers will be forced to take on new or expanded roles as benefits educators and administrators, financial counselors, creditors, and collectors. The challenges are many, but technology can help healthcare organizations with collections issues.  

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Retired Nurses Ease a Staffing Crunch, Bolster Budget

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2011

Branching out from traditional staffing models may take some effort, but the dividends will be well worth it. A Michigan nonprofit health system has kept older nurses connected while eliminating its need for agency staffing and increasing the satisfaction of its nurses.

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Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes

By: August 23, 2011

Date: October 26, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Host Denver Health with invited guest Virtua share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process. LINK:

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Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.


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