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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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MGMA: Medical Director Duties, Compensation Vary Widely

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2011

A physician medical director can add thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to his or her compensation package for duties that may involve meeting attendance, recruitment, clinical peer review, care planning, and strategic development, a Medical Group Management Association survey finds.

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Healthcare Online Job Postings Drop in April

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2011

Even with April's decline in online job listings, there were nearly three jobs for every healthcare technician and practitioner job seeker, according to data from The Conference Board.

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CABG Procedures Down 30%, Stenting Flat

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2011

One reason that percutaneous coronary interventions did not increase between 2001 and 2008 as expected, may be because of safety concerns about drug-eluting stents, researchers suggest.

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$76B in Pediatric Healthcare Costs Linked to Environmental Factors

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2011

Researchers are calling for updated environmental regulations and laws aimed at protecting public health from environmental contaminants such as air pollutants.

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It's Nurses Week. Get It?

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, May 3, 2011

Too often National Nurses Week is applied as a salve: one week of over-recognition for 51 weeks of under-appreciation. Leaders who "get it" use the week to recognize dedicated professionals who perform a difficult job. They recognize nurses as problem-solving partners.

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5 Tech Tips to Boost ED Throughput

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, May 3, 2011

Emergency departments everywhere struggle with the same basic issue: Moving people through the ED efficiently and in a way that ensures the patient receives the best care. Applying data and technology in five simple ways can help achieve those goals.

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Impact Analysis: Leaders Respond to CMS' Proposed ACO Regulations

By: May 4, 2011

The proposed regulations are indeed out, but what do they really mean to your organization and the industry? Get reactions from leaders at hospitals, health plans, and physician practices that are already well-versed in ACOs, including Monarch Healthcare, Alegent Health, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan /Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Geisinger Health System, Dean Health System, and Scripps Health. LINK:

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Breakthroughs: The Coordinated ED

By: May 4, 2011

Your emergency department is at the forefront of access and quality. Dynamic health systems are maximizing the efficiency, throughput, and patient experience of today’s ED in a shrinking reimbursement environment. In this free report, leading hospital systems—Scripps Health, Grady Health System, Mercy Medical Center, and Cambridge Health Alliance—share insights and lessons learned on maximizing the ED. LINK:

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Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

By: April 14, 2011

Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI.

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