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Healthcare Costs Soar Well Above Overall Inflation

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2010

The new numbers are consistent with a trend that from August 2000 to August 2010 has seen healthcare inflation rise 48% while overall Consumer Price Index has risen 26% for the same period, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show.

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5 Tips for Reducing Handoff Failures

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2010

The Joint Commission is stressing the importance of reducing handoff failures by finding solutions in team communication. By identifying why communications often fail, a 10-hospital collaborative reduced handoff failures by 52%.

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PCMA: Healthcare Reform Weakens Anti-Fraud Efforts

By: HealthLeaders Staff, October 22, 2010

The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association praises a study that says some reforms within the Affordable Care Act, will  inadvertently open the door to fraud, abuse, and wasteful spending.

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Nonprofit Hospital Admissions Dipped in 2009

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2010

For the first time in at least 18 years, the rate of growth of patient admissions to not-for-profit hospitals declined in 2009 over 2008, owing mostly to the economic recession, a report from Moody's Investors Service says.

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DOJ Breaks Up $200M Miami Medicare Fraud Scheme

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2010

Two Miami-based mental healthcare companies have been indicted for allegedly billing Medicare for $200 million in bogus mental health services, the Departments of Justice, and Health and Human Services say.

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Reaching the Wireless Patient

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2010

Mobile-specific sites and geotargeting are among the methods hospital marketers are using to reach potential patients.

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Intelligence Report: Patient Experience - Help Wanted

By: October 15, 2010

While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.

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Behind the Huge Variations in Dialysis Patient Mortality

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 21, 2010

Despite the federal government picking up nearly all dialysis costs for half a million U.S. patients each year, the disease is plagued by enormously high death rates. You would think Uncle Sam would want to count on good quality care for his money no matter where the care was provided. But that is not the case.

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Stop the Blustering About High-risk Patients

By: Cheryl Clark, October 21, 2010

Despite much handwringing over physician discrimination against high-risk patients, empirical evidence of it is limited, a report shows. Patients are not being turned away in droves, despite bluster from surgeons who claim that they are.  Maybe they just don't like the transparency.


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