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Monday, January 31, 2011

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Hospital Labor Costs Ratchet Up; Wage Growth Still Slow

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 28, 2011

Total compensation costs – wages, salaries, and benefits – for hospital employees rose 2.1% in 2010, just above the 2% rise in total compensation costs for all workers in the larger economy, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Cost Index shows.

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MRSA Screenings of ICU Patients Can Reduce Hospital Costs

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

Aggressive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening of patients upon admission to the intensive care unit can reduce patient stays and is cost-effective for hospitals, study shows.

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Guidant Faces More Legal Action in False Claims Lawsuit

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

Two weeks after it was convicted and fined by a federal judge for criminally failing to report life-threatening defects in its cardioverter defibrillators, Boston Scientific and its subsidiary Guidant are contending with a civil False Claims Act lawsuit.

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Telerehab Matches Traditional Rehab for Patient Outcomes

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, January 31, 2011

Patient outcomes achieved via telerehabilitation followingtotal knee arthroplasty are comparable with outcomes achieved by conventionalrehabilitation, a Journal of Joint Surgery study shows.

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Hospital-Backed Venture Fund Bets on Incentive to Fuel Innovation

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, January 28, 2011

Community Health Systems, Vanguard Health Systems, and Lifepoint Hospitals have partnered with two nonprofit health systems to form a strategic venture fund. Is it strange? A little. Is it a good idea? Probably.

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Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes

By: February 15, 2011

February 15, 2011
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Join us live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and share lessons learned from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment.

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Audio conference: Under IRS Scrutiny: Ensuring Compliant Hospital-Physician Compensation Plans

By: January 10, 2011

As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements.

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