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Immediate Jeopardy Deficiencies Found at Second Dallas Hospital

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2011

Methodist Dallas Medical Center faces termination of its Medicare contract over deficiencies that potentially endanger patients. A report submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services by state officials identifies 10 broad areas of deficiencies, including medical screening, emergency services, and medical records.

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AHA Letter Details VBP Program 'Failures'

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2011

In a letter to The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association charges the agency with bypassing rules for how value-based purchasing should roll out and ignoring key requirements set forth in the health reform law. The problems, AHA says, spill over to outpatient prospective payment systems.

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AED Failures Linked to Cardiac Arrest Deaths

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2011

A report to the Food and Drug Administration finds dead batteries account for nearly one quarter of all automated external defibrillator failures.

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Nurse Staffing Costs Must Be Weighed Against Cost of Errors

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2011

When revenues fall, hospitals stop investing in the biggest budget expense: nurses. That's a bad short-term solution to a long-term problem. Executives must acquaint themselves with studies demonstrating how nurse staffing affects a hospital's overall performance.

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Behind the mHealth, Telehealth Boom

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2011

The market for mobile healthcare and telehealth is growing at a healthy clip. Not only is there a real need for better access to healthcare in developing countries and in rural areas of the U.S., but there is also evidence that remote healthcare is just as good, if not better than in-person care.

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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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Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality

By: August 1, 2011

Date: September 15, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast About: Learn how host Bon Secours Richmond Health System and invited guest Geisinger Health System maximize downstream revenue in their women's health services, as well as opportunities for integration, quality and customer loyalty. LINK:

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