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Tuesday, September 25, 2012


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Drug Shortages: 10 Ethics Rules for Hospitals

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 25, 2012

Clinicians at Duke University Medical Center have created an ethically defensible drug rationing plan which aims to help healthcare providers make fair and equitable choices about how to allocate medications when they are scarce.

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Consumer Reports Names Top-Ranked Health Plans

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 25, 2012

In an annual list compiled by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, nonprofits once again claimed every spot on the top 10 list of private plans. Among the major for-profit health insurers, only Anthem cracked the top 30.

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Hospital Shootings Rare, But Preparedness Still Warranted

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 24, 2012

A Johns Hopkins study examining 11 years of data on 154 hospital shootings concludes that no hospital is immune from shootings. Zero risk is not attainable. But specialized training for hospital law enforcement and security teams is the best deterrent.

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Patient Non-Compliance a Pricey Problem

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, September 24, 2012

What can hospital and health systems do to drive out patient non-compliance costs? The answer lies in financial incentives and population health efforts—but don't expect too much too soon, say healthcare CFOs. There's still a great deal of debate over how much influence cost really has on a patient's actions.

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Webcast: Reboot for ICD-10—Lessons from UnitedHealth Group

By: August 24, 2012

Date: Oct. 22, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

With the implementation deadline confirmed, the transition to ICD-10 shifts into high gear. Now providers and payers must prepare quickly. Learn from UnitedHealth Group and other coding experts how to assess your organization's existing structure, create a transition process, and move toward compliance while meeting risk and cost constraints.

Register Today

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New Book: The Healthcare Executive's Guide to Urgent Care Centers and Freestanding EDs

By: August 20, 2012

Authors: Michael F. Boyle, MD, FACEP and Daniel G. Kirkpatrick, MHA, FACHE

About: A growing demand for convenient urgent care and after-hours medical services has led to a rapid increase of walk-in clinics around the country. The Healthcare Executive's Guide to Urgent Care Centers and Freestanding EDs offers a step-by-step executive-level guide to planning, staffing, marketing, and managing profitable urgent care centers.

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