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Highmark to Acquire WPAHS

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2011

West Penn Allegheny Health System president and CEO, Chris Olivia, M.D., is replaced as the financially struggling Pittsburgh-based health system announces plans to be acquired by local health plan Highmark.

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FTC to Appeal Phoebe / Palmyra Decision

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2011

The Federal Trade Commission says it will appeal a federal judge's ruling this week to deny a preliminary injunction against Phoebe Putney Health System Inc.'s proposed $195 million acquisition of rival HCA's Palmyra Park Hospital, in Albany, GA.

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RWJ Launches Healthcare Quality Data Website

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2011

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched an online directory of quality performance measures on physicians, hospitals, and ambulatory care services in each state, and national comparative data.

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Going the Distance to Develop Physician Leaders

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, June 13, 2011

A long-distance partnership aims to tear down some long-standing traditions in how doctors are trained.

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6 Factors Influence IL Race for Hospital Construction Rights

By: Joseph Hylak-Reinholtz for HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2011

As the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board considers certificate-of-need applications submitted by two competing healthcare organizations, it weighs its own data against a half dozen factors before deciding if either — or neither may build.

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Calculating the ROI on Patient Satisfaction Efforts

By: Sandie Colatrella, RN, BSN, CLNC for HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2011

Positive financial and clinical successes do not occur in isolation from one another. Weighing the return on investment for capital improvement projects that transform environments and offer patients a healing environment may favor the goals of financial leaders as well as clinicians.

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Why Advanced Degrees for Nurse Leaders Matter

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2011

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recommends doubling the number of nurses with doctorate degrees by 2020. A nurse leader explains how advanced degrees can broaden nurses' scope and aid decision making in light of healthcare reform and other changes in care delivery.

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Robot Roundup

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2011

As President Obama announces a $500 million robot manufacturing initiative, I round up some of my favorite robot reporting. These are stories and columns about robots being used to interact with, anesthetize, and even intubate humans.

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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

By: June 13, 2011

Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health--first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.

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Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

By: June 14, 2011

Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.

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