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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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Emergency Surgery Needs Distinct Code Registry, Researchers Say

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 8, 2012

Oversight of emergency surgery might work better if it operated a lot more like how the national and regional trauma systems function, with their own separate patient registries, surgical researchers suggest.

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Keeping Readmission Rates Low with Treatment Guidelines

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, February 8, 2012

Hospitals are developing treatment guidelines with the aim of reducing readmissions. At one facility, guidelines are both diagnosis-based and procedure-based, and are created by an interdisciplinary team with a physician champion.

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Designing a Hospital? Ask Nurses First

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, February 7, 2012

Hospitals are increasingly involving nurses in facility design, consulting on everything from the size of patient rooms to the art that hangs on the walls. This not only helps improve patient care; it can also improve staff morale and employee satisfaction.

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What If Your Car Cared About Your Health?

By: Jim Molpus, for HealthLeaders Media, February 7, 2012

Will Ford's plan to install health monitoring devices and interfaces in its cars work? Healthcare professionals know how difficult it is to get patients to monitor their health. But this is just the start of a lot of industries imagining how they can gather, use, and communicate health and wellness data back to the consumer.

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Book: Oncology—Strategies for Superior Service Line Performance

By: January 18, 2012

The evolution of the oncology payment model and pressure to provide more patient-centered care are leading healthcare organizations to transform the oncology care model. Gain realistic strategies and business guidance from oncology leaders to develop the structures and processes for oncology service line success in the future.


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The High-Performing Surgical Program

By: August 26, 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. Now leaders must find new ways of approaching surgical care and strategy.

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