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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

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EHRs Beat Paper in Head-to-Head Competition

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, September 6, 2011

After accounting for patient differences, practices using electronic health records show annual improvements in diabetes care that are 10% greater than paper-based practices, according to a study in New England Journal of Medicine.

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Brain Attack Coalition Strengthens PSC Guidelines

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 6, 2011

Hospitals should dramatically improve their Primary Stroke Center guidelines in 13 key areas to better care for 800,000 people in the U.S. who will suffer a stroke this year, says a group of experts dedicated to reducing stroke occurrence.

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Healthcare Creates 1 in 5 New Jobs

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

Healthcare employment is about the only bright spot in an otherwise drab U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report on job growth in August.

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Strategic Options: It's Not ACO or Nothing

By: Mark DuBow, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2011

An organization that rushes to implement an accountable care model and operational plans that address various forms of clinical integration runs substantial risks if it moves ahead without a clear framework for its future direction, says a strategist.

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Healthcare's Dark Side Starts with Leadership Failure

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2011

How is an influential doctor able to keep practicing at the hospital long after most rational observers would agree he should have been disciplined? The answer lies in the unwillingness of hospital leadership to jeopardize the existence of a significant cash cow.

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Breakthroughs: The High-Performing Surgical Program

By: September 2, 2011

 Given a reimbursement model based on outcomes, not volume, only those surgical services that can deliver state-of the-art care, value, and an outstanding patient experience will survive. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—St.Francis Hospital, Methodist Hospital System, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Bassett Healthcare—share lessons learned about new ways of approaching surgical care and strategy.

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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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