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Thursday, August 25, 2011

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TJC Calls for Restraint in Diagnostic Radiation

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2011

Healthcare organizations must be more judicious in deploying CT imaging and other technologies that use harmful radiation for diagnoses, says the Joint Commission.

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Medication Lapses Put Discharged Patients at Risk

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2011

Elderly patients who are discharged from the hospital exhibit an elevated risk of failing to renew prescriptions for long-term medications taken to treat chronic diseases, study shows.

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CMS Trials Bundled Payments for Episodes of Care

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2011

Following numerous demonstration projects at a number of large hospital systems, Medicare officials are proposing lump payments to providers for specific episodes of patient illness that extend well after the patient leaves an acute care setting.

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Henry Medical Center to Affiliate with Piedmont Healthcare

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2011

Executives at Henry County Medical Center in Stockbridge, GA have announced that the 215-bed community hospital will affiliate with Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare.

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Preview: Healthcare Benefits Changes Coming to Open Enrollment

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2011

With an eye toward cost control and new healthcare reform requirements, employers are beginning to remove annual benefit limits for preventive and wellness services. They'll also offer more incentives and consumer-directed healthcare options, modify retiree health benefits, and continue shifting costs onto employees via 'cost sharing'.

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Gut-Grabbing Messages: What Makes an Impression?

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2011

Marketers can choose one of two approaches when crafting a campaign – the positive and upbeat or more serious and dramatic. Which do patients respond to more? The answers may surprise you.

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Federal Jobs Program Targets Rural Physician Recruitment

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2011

A federal initiative to boost jobs includes an expanded loan repayment program and access to capital loans programs for health IT. The addition of just one primary care physician in a rural community generates approximately $1.5 million in annual revenue, the White House says.

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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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Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality

By: August 1, 2011

Date: September 15, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast About: Learn how host Bon Secours Richmond Health System and invited guest Geisinger Health System maximize downstream revenue in their women's health services, as well as opportunities for integration, quality and customer loyalty. LINK:

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