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Thursday, April 7, 2011

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Adverse Events in Hospitals Largely Undetected

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 7, 2011

Adverse events serious enough to harm patients are occurring in U.S. hospitals at least ten times more often than previously measured, according to a report released Thursday.

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Health Care Innovation Zones: An ACO for AMCs?

By: Julie Schulz, MD, Consultant, Sg2, April 7, 2011

Healthcare innovation zones have received significantly less media attention than ACOs, but present a compelling model for academic medical centers to consider with the unique advanced care expertise, data research capabilities, and physician training competencies of academic hospitals in partnerships with nonacademic organizations.

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Texas Practice Finds Success with Capitation

By: Greg Freeman, for HealthLeaders Media, April 7, 2011

Under capitation, a Texas physician practice finds it can practice evidence-based, quality care and finance infrastructure improvements. But it took years to get the structure right.

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Wright Memorial Readies $30M MO Hospital

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 7, 2011

The Trenton, MO hospital, part of the not-for-profit 11-hospital Saint Luke's Health System, has a 24/7 physician-staffed emergency department and an adjoining medical office building.

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3 Words Could Increase Drug Costs By $1.2B Annually

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2011

Forget taxing smokers and the obese. The real savings in drug costs is hidden behind three little words: 'dispense as written,'  orders used by some physicians to avoid the generic equivalent of brand name drugs.

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6 Ways to Improve Patient Transfers to AMCs

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2011

Transfers to academic medical centers are up, but mortality rates are down, thanks to improved communication and proactive partnerships between community hospitals and AMCs.

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Googled: How One Hospital Boosted Its Search Results

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2011

Sometimes, there's a thin line separating hospital marketing messages from spam. Luring potential patients to your practice or hospital requires deploying the right search engine optimization and search engine marketing strategies.

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Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care

By: April 4, 2011

Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care— accountable for quality, for value, for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot.

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Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

By: April 5, 2011

Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital.

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