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Stenting's Steep Learning Curve Linked to High Mortality Rates

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

Limited operator experience with technically demanding carotid artery stenting "has disseminated into routine clinical practice" and is associated with high rates of 30-day mortality, says a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Hospitals Push to Raise Patient Experience Scores

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

Quality leaders are contributing to cultural changes in an effort to boost Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System (HCAHPS) scores. There's a lot of money at stake.

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Fisher: Readmission Problem Needs a Teaching Hospital Solution

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

In an interview, Elliott Fisher, MD, director of the Dartmouth Institute's Center for Population Health, puts the onus on academic medical centers to reduce hospital readmissions.  Otherwise, he asks, "Where else are we going to do the research that allows us to improve the quality of care and lower its cost?"

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Why Physicians Must Be Involved in Joint Replacement Strategies

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2011

The demand to fix problem knees and other joints continues to grow. But reduced federal reimbursement rates, projected physician shortages, and increased expenses for implants mean physicians must play key roles in both clinical work and in evaluating value associated with these surgeries.

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Webcast: Raise Revenue, Cut Costs in Your Joint Replacement Service Line

By: September 30, 2011

When: October 12, 2011
About: The world of joint replacement surgery is changing as fast as the rest of healthcare. With less-invasive techniques spreading, surgical volume, competition, and costs are on the rise, while compensation is falling. Surgeons and service line leaders from Hudson Valley Hospital and VHA discuss successful strategies on navigating surgical efficiency and volume, alignment challenges, and competition. REGISTER TODAY

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Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes

By: August 23, 2011

Date: October 26, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Host Denver Health with invited guest Virtua share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process. LINK:

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