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Friday, August 31, 2012


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CA Fines 14 Hospitals for Medical Errors

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2012

In the latest round of civil penalties issued for violations or deficiencies constituting an immediate jeopardy to the health and safety of a hospital patient, California hospitals are penalized for making errors that led to five deaths.

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Investment Firms Question WellPoint Political Spending

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2012

Two days after WellPoint CEO Angela Braly's resignation, a coalition of investment firms asks the WellPoint board of directors to come clean about the insurer's political spending and lobbying activities.

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HCA Probe Spotlights Cardiologists' 'Irresistible Temptation'

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2012

Accusations that thousands of patients underwent inappropriate heart procedures at HCA hospitals may be better explained by a phenomenon in which interventionalists see a vessel narrowing and are overcome with an urge to fix it, even if the patient won't benefit from the procedure.

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Doctors' Challenge: Boost Patient Satisfaction, Maintain Clinical Excellence

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2012

Hospitals are working with physicians to improve patient satisfaction scores while maintaining high clinical outcomes. It's a delicate balance that can translate to a bonanza of federal dollars under the value-based purchasing program.

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Webcast: Marketing & Metrics—The Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Way

By: July 30, 2012

Date: Sept. 14, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Can you prove the value of your marketing efforts to your organization's bottom line? Learn how marketing leaders from Cleveland Clinic and Fairview Health Services capture, track, and measure the impact of their marketing programs to demonstrate ROI and better support organizational business objectives. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access.

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Webcast: Managing Disruptive Docs in a New Era of Hospital-Physician Relations

By: August 17, 2012

Date: Sept. 17, 1:00–2:30 p.m. (ET)

Left unchecked, disruptive physicians do more than just create a negative work environment; they endanger patient care and can lead to million-dollar lawsuits and bad publicity. Our top experts will show you early intervention techniques and a range of effective resources that can help you reduce behavioral problems, retain star physicians, and create a healthier workplace. Register Today

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