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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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Dartmouth Atlas: Readmission Rates Show 'Not Much Progress'

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2011

Hospital quality of care comes under scrutiny by Dartmouth researchers, who find wide variation in 30-day hospital readmission rates for six categories of patients. The rates have not gone down, and in some cases, have risen.

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Health Insurance Premiums Top $15K for Family of 4

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2011

The average annual premium for family health insurance coverage increased by 9% in 2011, significantly faster than workers' wages and general inflation, a Kaiser Family Foundation survey shows.

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Hospital Focus Misdirected Toward Parents, Survey Suggests

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2011

A study targeting hospitalized children and adolescents on the quality of their nursing care finds room for improvement. Hospitals, the lead author says, have "gone overboard with parent satisfaction and comfort. The child sort of gets left behind."

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Council Connection: Physicians as Co-managers

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2011

In one-on-one interviews, selected HealthLeaders Media Council members discuss whether they believe a shared governance model for service lines will become more or less relevant in the current climate of healthcare reform.

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Prevent Readmissions With Nurse Intervention

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2011

Home visits from a nurse soon after discharge may provide a cost-effective option to keep the most complex patients from returning to the hospital, according to a study, which found that confusion about instructions rather than money was a primary reason for discontinuing medications.

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Health 2.0: Breaking Down Barriers to Healthcare Innovation

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2011

There's nothing easy about developing technology products for healthcare organizations—in fact, there's a long list of barriers standing in the way of innovation. The healthcare industry itself is one of the biggest obstacles.

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Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home

By: September 26, 2011

Date: November 11, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Live from host St. Joseph Health System. Reaching the vision of the patient-centered medical home requires strong links between hospitals and physicians to achieve best patient outcomes. Join us for the dialogue in a special, complimentary Rounds, sponsored by RelayHealth.


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Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment: The Collaborative Care Disconnect

By: September 26, 2011

79% of leaders say physicians’ support of collaborative care is mixed or unsure, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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