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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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CDC: Sepsis Cost $14.6B in 2008

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2011

The number of septicemia and sepsis hospitalizations more than doubled between 2000 and 2008, resulting in much longer, costlier hospitals stays, and more problematic and often fatal outcomes for patients with the bloodstream infections, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Tech Advances for Tonsillectomy Not Necessarily Better

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2011

Compared with conventional techniques, five technological innovations developed to reduce pain and bleeding after tonsillectomy were not found to provide any significant advantage, randomized clinical trials show.

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Mortality Risk in STEMI Patients Linked to Slow Transfers

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2011

Nearly 90% of patients with ST Segment elevation myocardial infarction who go to hospitals that lack catheterization capability have a 56% higher risk of mortality when they aren't transferred to a suitable hospital within the recommended 30 minutes.

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Accounting for Independent Physicians

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, June 13, 2011

To create a viable ACO, leaders at Summa Health System recognized the need to convince independent physicians that the model can work for them, despite the many risks.

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CMS Clarifies IPPS Rule on Services Made 'Under Arrangement'

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2011

Within the inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule are an assortment of major and minor clarifications which—to a varying degree—will have an effect on a number of hospital departments. One of these comes in the form of a clarification to Medicare’s “under arrangement” provision.

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Ending Kneejerk Responses to Medical Errors

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, June 21, 2011

Mistakes are a fact of life. When it comes to medical errors, a rush to judgment isn't the answer. A balanced response emphasizes individual and organizational accountability and strives to remove the emotional response that occurs whenever there is a medical error or a near miss.

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Legibility: 20 Years in the Making

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, June 21, 2011

After 20 years of trial and error, one hospital illustrates how it overcame recalcitrant doctors, security issues, and anxiety over transparency to finally resolve its legibility problems. The key is an evolving technology that integrates speech recognition with medical records.

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Intelligence Report: Better Care and the Bottom Line

By: June 21, 2011

54% of leaders say that ACOs will be successful in coordinating care and driving down overall costs, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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Webcast: Transform Your ED into a Profit Center

By: June 13, 2011

Date: June 23, 2011
What: Get in-the-trenches management tools and techniques to grow your ED's bottom line. Learn how Heartland Health revamped processes and increased revenue from $15 million to $33.5 million and turned its ED into a profit center with a 40% margin. 

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