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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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RFID 100% Accurate in Surgical Sponge Tracking Test

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 8, 2011

 A blinded clinical trial of radio frequency identification chips resulted in an accuracy rate far better than traditional counting or use of radiographs for tracking surgical sponges.

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Back Pain Cost Hospitals $9.5B in 2008

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

Back problems represent an enormous reason for hospital visits, with 7.3 million emergency department visits and more than 2.3 million hospital inpatient stays in 2008, one study shows.

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HIPAA Violations Remind Hospitals to Reinforce Privacy Rules

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, February 8, 2011

A spate of high-profile HIPPA violations serves as a reminder that the toughest fight in the battle to keep medical records private may be the one against human curiosity.

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8 Nurses Indicted for Medicare Fraud Headed for Prison

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 8, 2011

 Eight Miami-area nurses each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and were sentenced in US District Court for their roles in an $18.7 million Medicare home healthcare fraud scheme, the Department of Justice has announced.

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Getting Hospitalist Compensation Right

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, February 7, 2011

There's little doubt that hospital medicine physicians offer welcome relief for internists interested in staying in their offices.  Determining how to compensate them appropriately hinges on creating compensation structures that factor in more than just a dollar figure, says one expert.

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5 Ways to Reduce Nursing Turnover in Year One

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

Turnover among first-year nurses remains a huge cost driver and source of frustration for hospital managers. Here are five best practices for engaging and retaining this vital segment of a hospital's workforce.

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Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services

By: December 16, 2010

Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women’s loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women’s health marketing experts.

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Audio conference: Under IRS Scrutiny: Ensuring Compliant Hospital-Physician Compensation Plans

By: January 10, 2011

As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements.

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