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Wednesday, August 22, 2012


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Q&A: MA Lawmaker on Cost Containment

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 22, 2012

The Massachusetts senator behind the state's new law to rein in healthcare costs details the role providers and payers will play in the effort, and colorfully explains why it includes a provision to monitor whether the reforms will reduce defensive medicine.

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Patient Experience Journey Lacks Defined Direction

By: Michael Zeis, for HealthLeaders Media, August 22, 2012

While survey data shows that 84% of healthcare leaders place patient experience among their top three priorities, having a high position on the list does not necessarily qualify patient experience as a budget-worthy activity.

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EMR Safety Warnings at CA Health System Echo Joint Commission's

By: Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, August 21, 2012

Concerns about patient safety in the wake of an electronic medical records system implementation hearken to a 2008 report from the Joint Commission, warning that failure to quickly fix technology "engender[s] dangerous workarounds."

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ANF to Nurses: Get Some Sleep

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, August 21, 2012

An increasing body of research shows the critical importance of sleep on cognitive function and decision making. Healthcare professionals are prime candidates for education and awareness around the profound effects of insufficient rest, the American Nurses Foundation says.

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Webcast: Going Mobile—Defining Strategy and Establishing Metrics

By: July 30, 2012

Date: August 28, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Mobile solutions provide new ways to serve patients, improve efficiency, and deliver greater value. Discover how Swedish Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and Mercy Health have built mobile strategies that advance their business goals and how you can too. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access.

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Rounds: Sustainable Patient-Centered Excellence—Lessons From Sharp HealthCare

By: July 30, 2012

Date: September 5, 2012, 9:00–12:00 p.m. PT

Sharp HealthCare leaders reveal the secrets that have enabled them to turn their patient-centered care initiative into a sustainable program that's ingrained in the culture, improves outcomes, and grows stronger over time. By combining their Sharp Experience performance improvement initiative with the Planetree Patient-Centered Care Model, they have built an organization of sustainable patient-centered excellence like no other.

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