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Revise Generic Drug Labeling, Petition Urges

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2011

Makers of generic drugs are prohibited by regulations from changing labels unless they have approval from the Food and Drug Administration. But a healthcare advocacy group is calling for warning labels to be updated more promptly.

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Temp ER Nurses a Safety Threat to Patients, Study Shows

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2011

A study of emergency department medication errors by researchers at Johns Hopkins finds mistakes made by temporary nurses were more likely to reach the patient, result in at least temporary harm, and be life-threatening.

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MedCath to Sell AZ Hospital for $31M

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2011

Kingman Regional Medical Center in Arizona says it has no firm plans for the 70-bed Hualapai Mountain Medical Center it plans to acquire from MedCath, and will not acquire its business license.

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Parkland Hospital Audits Raise Troubling Questions

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

Nothing says "I don't care" like unwashed hands and soiled bed sheets. The Parkland Memorial Hospital audit raises larger questions about the quality of care at our nation's safety net hospitals. If these astonishing deficiencies happened in Dallas, what's to say they aren't happening elsewhere? 

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If You Snooze on Sleep Centers, You'll Lose $$

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, August 29, 2011

The growing number of potential sleep center patients, combined with a low start-up cost, minimal operating expense, and high level of reimbursement, makes this service line something you shouldn’t sleep on.

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Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.


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Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 16, 2011
About: With 20% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from a hospital readmitted within 30 days, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas, which boasts one of the lowest readmission rates nationwide (17.3%), and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, which cut its readmission rate from the nation’s second-highest (32.4%) to 15%, share strategies to help you reduce your readmission rates.


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