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CHS Faces Pension Fund Shareholder Suit

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 27, 2011

The Minneapolis Firefighters' Relief Association alleges in U.S. District Court that Community Health Systems "wrongly inflated its financial performance." The pension fund is seeking damages in connection with its stock purchases.

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CDPH Data Breach Affects 9,000 State Workers

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 27, 2011

For the second time in just over six months, officials at the California Department of Public Health have acknowledged a major breach of health and personal information from within their own agency.

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Top 10 Infection Control Challenges

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 27, 2011

As infection control chiefs gather for the annual conference of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, they share their top concerns, from the need for more resources and support from senior leadership to handwashing and surveillance practices.

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For Infection Prevention, Try Duct Tape

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 27, 2011

By staying within a small "safe zone" marked off by duct tape at the threshold of a patient's room, the infection team at an Illinois health system has found a savings of 2,700 hours of personnel time and $110,000 a year in avoided purchase of gowns and gloves.

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University of Colorado Hospital, PVHS to Merge

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 27, 2011

The University of Colorado Hospital and community care-focused Poudre Valley Health System have announced jointly that they have signed a letter of intent to pursue a merger agreement.

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Hospital Affiliations Have a Land Rush Feel

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, June 24, 2011

Independent standalone community hospitals have a lot in common. They're generally the largest employers in the community, they have a lot of local political clout, and they're often the only thing standing between life and death for their patients. But these days, they have something else in common: They're falling like dominoes.

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Intelligence Report: Better Care and the Bottom Line

By: June 21, 2011

54% of leaders say that ACOs will be successful in coordinating care and driving down overall costs, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language

By: June 21, 2011

Date: July 27, 2011
About: As a marketer, you need to learn the new paradigm of managing population health vs. growing patient volume in a traditional environment. Advance your understanding of how to align ACO marketing with business needs, as well as market accountability to providers, and ultimately your community. LINK:

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Breakthroughs: The Coordinated ED

By: May 4, 2011

Your emergency department is at the forefront of access and quality. Dynamic health systems are maximizing the efficiency, throughput, and patient experience of today’s ED in a shrinking reimbursement environment. In this free report, leading hospital systems—Scripps Health, Grady Health System, Mercy Medical Center, and Cambridge Health Alliance—share insights and lessons learned on maximizing the ED. LINK:

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