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Thursday, March 3, 2011

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Healthcare Job Postings Stall in February

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 2, 2011

Even with February’s slight drop, there were still more than three job listings for every healthcare technician and practitioner job seeker, according to the The Conference Board Help Wanted Online report.

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Sepsis Survival Rates, Costs Vary Greatly by Hospital

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 2, 2011

Higher-spending hospitals do not achieve better blood infection survival rates, Massachusetts researchers say, echoing conclusions of studies by others. But still unclear is how lower-spending hospitals achieve higher survival rates.

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St. Joseph's Community Health Services, Gunderson Lutheran Announce WI Partnership

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 2, 2011

St. Joseph’s Community Health Services in Hillsboro has joined Gunderson Lutheran Heath Services with the formal affiliation expected to be finalized this month, the two WI healthcare providers have announced.

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Don't Fear the Future of Healthcare - It's Working

By: William "Kip" Schumacher, MD, for HealthLeaders Media, March 2, 2011

 Shrinking budgets, rising costs, an inadequate supply of clinicians, and swirling changes brought about by health reform are all legitimates causes for concern. But as care delivery becomes more complex, there is an opportunity to take another major step forward.

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Health Plans Brace for HSA, HRA Headaches

By: Margaret Dick, for HealthLeaders Media, March 2, 2011

The number of health savings and health reimbursement accounts has grown nearly five-fold in recent years, but there is almost no relationship between individual account balances and price checking for healthcare services, and that's a cause for concern among health plans.

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CA Hospitals Promote Breastfeeding Programs

By: Doug Desjardins for HealthLeaders Media, March 2, 2011

Hospitals in California are taking a more active role in encouraging new mothers to breastfeed babies, especially those born prematurely or underweight. The programs are helping hospitals stand out at a time when birth rates in the state are at a 20-year low.

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Build a Better Small Hospital

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, March 2, 2011

Most small, rural hospitals haven't been designed to overcome their most vexing challenges: short funds and thin staffs. Now hospital leaders have an opportunity to redesign what the small hospital of the future looks like.

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Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform

By: February 14, 2011

Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy.

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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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