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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Medicare Could Save $7.6B by Raising Eligibility Age to 67

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

While the government would benefit, out-of-pocket costs for 65- and 66-year-olds would go up by $5.6 billion and employer retiree healthcare costs would climb by $4.5 billion, a Kaiser Family Foundation study says.

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Hospital Drug Shortages Reach 10-Year High Cost Hospitals $200M Annually

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

A dearth of chemotherapy, sedation, and pain relief medications is endangering patient safety and adding millions of dollars in costs for higher priced substitutes annually, report finds.

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Speeding Patient Discharges Safely at Yale New Haven Hospital

By: Richard D'Aquila, Peter Follows, Michael Zacagnino, and Anthony R. Kovner, PhD, for HealthLeaders Media, March 29, 2011

Using a multi-disciplinary approach, YNHH has adopted a number of methods to ensure greater patient throughput while ensuring safety. Ultimately, the operational changes amount to the right patient being in the right bed at the right time.

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AMA Launches Mobile App and Challenge

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

The American Medical Association is stepping into the software development world with a free code glossary application for the iPhone and iPad. It is also launching a competition to generate more medical apps.

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Nurses Too Scared to Speak Up

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, March 29, 2011

Data shows more than four out of five nurses have concerns about incompetence demonstrated by their colleagues, but many keep quiet. What's the point in training staff to use a checklist or follow certain steps if nurses are too scared to speak up and say something when an error is revealed?

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Biotech: Healing One Cell at a Time

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, March 29, 2011

Research into tissue and organ engineering using inkjet printers and 3D scaffolds has an undeniable sci-fi quality to it. But it's serious medicine, and serious business, partly backed by government dollars.

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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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