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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Sepsis a 'Hidden Public Health Disaster'

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 27, 2010

Researchers at the University of Michigan say sepsis is a "a sentinel event" whose survivors develop high rates of moderate to severe cognitive impairment and functional disability.

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Hospitalizations for Drug Use Up Dramatically

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 27, 2010

Medication and illegal drug-related problems put twice as many middle-aged and older Americans in the hospital in 2008 as in 1997, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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DMC, Vanguard Delay $417M Sale

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 27, 2010

The board of Michigan's largest charity care provider, Detroit Medical Center, voted to delay its purchase agreement with private, for-profit Vanguard Health Systems until the end of the year to allow more time to complete governmental approvals.

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Risk of GI Endoscopy Complications Higher than Previously Reported

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 27, 2010

Findings from an Archives of Internal Medicine study may help guide how doctors counsel patients following endoscopic procedures.

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HHS Earmarks $335M for Community Health Center Access

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 27, 2010

The Affordable Care Act grant program is the second of two major initiatives announced by the Department of Health and Human Services this month totaling more than $1 billion for community health centers.

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Intelligence Report: Patient Experience - Help Wanted

By: October 15, 2010

While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic, Norton Healthcare, and Sinai Health System are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned.

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Stop Losing Experienced Nurses

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2010

There's no substitute for experience, especially in nursing. Nurses can communicate ably with physicians, and staff and are the glue that holds "multidisciplinary care" together.  But experienced nurses are aging and exiting the workforce. An ongoing project on nurse retention shows that hospitals committed to managing and developing talent are the hospitals where nurses want to work.

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Is the Healthcare Technology Arms Race Over?

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2010

Healthcare organizations have been investing heavily in the latest diagnosis and treatment technology in order to show that they are state-of-the-art facilities, and to boost recruitment and revenue. But as the healthcare landscape changes, and a greater emphasis is placed on efficiency and cost reduction, that may no longer be the case.

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