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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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CLABSI Reductions Saved $1.8B in Healthcare Costs, Says CDC

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 1, 2011

A federal report shows a decline in intensive care unit central line bloodstream infections of 58%  and healthcare savings of nearly $2 billion over nine years. But more can be done to further reduce infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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Healthcare Quality Shows Slow Improvement

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 2, 2011

Disparities in quality and access to healthcare based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other factors remain unacceptably high, according to reports by the Department of Health & Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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Prescription Instructions Confuse Even Educated Patients

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 2, 2011

Following instructions to take multiple medications a day is a complex task that led 85% of patients in a study to incorrectly administer doses. Now researchers are calling for a Universal Medication Scheduling system.

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Hospital Groups Urge Obama to Resist Medicaid MOE Cuts

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 2, 2011

The nation's largest hospital associations are asking the Obama administration to resist efforts by governors to reduce maintenance-of-effort funding for Medicaid in their cash-strapped states.

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HIMSS 2011: 4 Long Days; 5 Short Stories

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, March 1, 2011

Observations from the CHIME and HIMSS conferences in Orlando encompass the future stages of meaningful use, divergent thoughts on data-sharing, speculation on the end of paper-based medical records, and the sexiness of ICD-10 coding.

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Nurses vs. Robots: No Contest

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, March 1, 2011

An article about robotic technology caused a minor controversy last week when it appeared to imply that "nurse" robots could replace scrub nurses. The flurry of emails and discussion it generated illustrates the nursing profession's perception problems.

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Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform

By: February 14, 2011

Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy.

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Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services

By: February 14, 2011

Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders.

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