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Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts Health Plan End Merger Talks

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

After a period of due diligence, the two health plans realized the integration of the two organizations would be more costly and time-consuming than anticipated, they announced.

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Feds: 92% of Nursing Homes Staffed By Criminals

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 3, 2011

A staggering number of U.S. nursing facilities employ at least one individual with a history of at least one criminal conviction, and one in 20 nursing home employees has one criminal conviction or more, says a report from the Office of Inspector General.

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Healthcare Reform: Why We Can't Turn Back

By: Tom Strauss, Summa Health System CEO, for HealthLeaders Media, March 4, 2011

Under healthcare reform, there must be a transition to care delivery based on accountability, high quality, prevention, and evidenced-based medicine derived from patient-centered outcomes research, says Summa Health System CEO Tom Strauss.

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Employment Models for Hospital Medicine

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, February 13, 2011

As hospitalists continue to see steady increases in their compensation, hospital CFOs need to consider whether employing or outsourcing for such services is the best option for their facility, both in terms of financial viability as well as improved quality of care.

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From 'Cookbook' to Evidence-Based Medicine

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, March 4, 2011

Evidence-based clinical practices are better not only for patient outcomes, but for healthcare costs as well. While it remains difficult to gather the large amounts of data necessary for best practices to be developed and refined, technology is leading the way forward.

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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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Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction

By: February 16, 2011

Dedication to mission is strong and getting stronger, but just how to accomplish that mission is less certain, according to the just-released results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey.

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