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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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Citing Medicaid Limits, ED Docs Sue WA State

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

Emergency physicians in the state of Washington have filed a lawsuit against a state plan to classify more than 700 diagnoses as non-emergent, and limit Medicaid reimbursements to no more than three non-emergent visits to the emergency department each year.

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Home Laundry No Match for Pathogen-Infected Scrubs

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

Changing standards that have lowered household water temperatures and constrained the volume of water used mean that when healthcare workers' uniforms are washed at home, MRSA and other infectious organisms may not be killed, researchers find.

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Volume and Vision in Vascular Care

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 13, 2011

Specialized high-volume aortic centers are becoming increasingly important for hospitals treating vascular conditions because of their ROI and improved patient outcomes. As demand increases and technology improves, a strategic plan for this service line becomes especially important.

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Reduce Your Chronic Care Community and Chronic Costs

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, October 3, 2011

Chronic care costs will be a drain to the bottom line when pay-for-performance and new readmission rate standards take hold. Financial leaders can guide their organizations toward investing in programs that address the roots of chronic health problems.

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CA Hospital Patient's Death Betrays a Trust

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 3, 2011

A patient's death resulting from a medical error during a lockout of unionized nursing staff was tragic. Unfortunately, what followed was a travesty, as the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, Sutter Health, and the California Hospital Association executives abandoned decorum and traded barbs and pointed fingers.

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Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment: The Collaborative Care Disconnect

By: September 26, 2011

79% of leaders say physicians’ support of collaborative care is mixed or unsure, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes

By: August 23, 2011

Date: October 26, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Host Denver Health with invited guest Virtua share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process. LINK:

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