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Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Reducing Early Elective Births Could Save $1B Annually

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 26, 2012

Early elective deliveries via Cesareans and inductions are the standard of care rather than an exception at some hospitals. The rates, risks, and attendant costs, a Leapfrog Group report suggests, are unacceptably high.

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For Healthcare M&A, 2011 Among Best Years

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, January 26, 2012

Merger and acquisition activity in rehabilitation facilities, laboratories, and managed care contributed to an 11% increase in the dollar value of healthcare M&A deals in 2011. The $227.4 billion in deals makes 2011 the fourth-largest M&A year in the last decade, defying media reports suggesting that interest in healthcare M&A in declining.

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ACA Implementation Threatens Hospitals' United Front

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 25, 2012

At a time when hospitals need to project a united and bipartisan front as funding comes under attack, state hospital associations that are supposed to wage the home-front battles to preserve funding are instead fighting among themselves.

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SOTU Light on Healthcare, Industry Reacts

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

In either a calculated dodge or a missed opportunity, President Obama's 2012 State of the Union address was light on references to healthcare reform.

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Using Groupon to Attract Lifelong Patients

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, January 25, 2012

Social spending websites such as Groupon, LivingSocial, and BuyWithMe are now a mainstay among deal-savvy consumers. Can they work for hospital marketers?

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Rounds On-Demand: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home

By: January 18, 2012

Reaching the vision of patient-centered medical home requires strong links between hospital and physician to achieve best patient outcomes. View a special, complimentary Rounds hosted by St. Joseph Health System and sponsored by RelayHealth.

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