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Friday, August 26, 2011

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MMR Vaccine Does Not Cause Autism, Says IOM

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 26, 2011

In its first sweeping report on vaccine safety in 17 years, the Institute of Medicine finds evidence that some common vaccines can, in rare cases, cause adverse health events. But no association was found between autism and the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination.

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Hurricane Irene Sets Hospitals Scrambling to Prepare

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 26, 2011

As Hurricane Irene churns up the Atlantic Coast threatening communities from North Carolina to New England, hospitals in the storm's path work to finalize plans for keeping facilities safe and operational.

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MSHA Submits Pioneer ACO Application

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 26, 2011

Mountain States Health Alliance, a 13-hospital system based in Tennessee, has submitted an application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to participate in the Pioneer accountable care organization program.

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Fact File: Healthcare Online Trends

By: HealthLeaders Magazine, August 26, 2011

As healthcare providers and payers increasingly look to Web-based and other electronic solutions, healthcare consumers, too, are using online platforms to handle more of their medical needs, although, there is considerable room for growth. Age certainly is a factor in online utilization, according to data from the Thomson Reuters 2010 PULSE™ Healthcare Survey, which shows that those under age 64 are more open to electronic interaction.

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Solution to 'Devastating' Surgical Awareness Remains Elusive

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

Researchers fail to show a distinction between two commonly used methods to detect and measure patients' surgical awareness while under anesthesia. The complication can be associated with post-traumatic stress syndrome years later, an anesthesiology expert says.

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Debate on Spinal Fusion Surgeries Continues

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2011

Physicians are sounding alarms over unnecessary spinal surgeries and are challenging the clinical trial process for one of the most popular spinal fusion procedures. Questions are being raised about possible conflicts and the millions of dollars spent on allegedly biased studies. It's time to address these longstanding issues.

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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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Intelligence Report: The New Patient Experience Imperative

By: August 23, 2011

22% of healthcare leaders say lack of cultural fit or employee buy-in is their organization’s biggest patient experience stumbling block, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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