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Friday, June 22, 2012

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Healthcare Cost Growth Acceleration Continues

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2012

While the average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased more than 6% in one year, it's "nearly impossible to tell" if healthcare reform legislation has been a factor, says the chairman of the Index Committee at Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices.

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Care Coordination Advancing Slowly

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2012

While three-quarters of healthcare leaders are entering into collaborative care relationships, two-thirds say they are not initiating shared-savings programs with payers or providers to assume risks as part of an effort to reduce costs.

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Can a Doctor's Smartphone App Thwart Lawsuits?

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, June 21, 2012

Defensive medicine is a major headache for physicians and costly for the healthcare system. After being embroiled in a lawsuit, a New Jersey physician launched a smartphone app to help improve communication between doctor and patient and derail potential litigation.

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Hospital-Acquired VTE Still a Leading Cause of Death

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

While a few hospitals are getting better at recognizing the importance of hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism prevention, the number of cases, and deaths, are not going down, two reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

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LIVE Webcast: Prevent 30-Day Readmissions

By: May 25, 2012

Date: June 27, 2012 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Learn readmissions approaches that work from speakers at leading healthcare systems. You'll leave this interactive webcast with strategies to standardize care protocols for cardiac and pneumonia patients, improve federal funding for these initiatives, and assess and assign patient risk for readmission, including Medicare FFS patients.

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Intelligence Report: Collaborating to Improve Care and Cut Costs

By: June 19, 2012

Initiating collaborative relationships is the key to improved quality, most healthcare leaders say in this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Many also agree that major increases in HIT spending are necessary, but others are more cautious about spending for technology improvements. Download the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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