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Monday, November 8, 2010

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Medication Adherence Increases with V-BID

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, November 8, 2010

Value-based insurance design is intended to align patients' out-of-pocket costs, including co-pays and premiums, with the value of the health service. Lower insurance copays for high-value medications leads to greater adherence, study in Health Affairs shows.

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End of Life Pain Widespread, Potentially Controllable

By: Roxanna Guilford-Blake, for HealthLeaders Media, November 8, 2010

Study finds widespread prevalence of moderate to severe pain among older people during last two years of life. Arthritis was the biggest single predictor of pain, outweighing all eventual causes of death including cancer.

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Federal HAI Prevention Funding Up for 2010

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 8, 2010

The Health and Human Services Agency says it spent $34 million in 2010 for healthcare-associated infection prevention research projects and evidence-based solutions. That's double what the agency spent on such projects between 2007 and 2009.

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MHA Bans Hiring of Tobacco Users

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 8, 2010

The Massachusetts Hospital Association, representing more than 100 hospitals, says it will no longer hire tobacco users as of January 1.

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Autism Research Database Cuts Cost, Connects Patients

By: Cynthia Johnson, for HealthLeaders Media, November 3, 2010

Baltimore's Kennedy Krieger Institute has developed the nation's largest online autism research study database, which eliminates one of researchers' largest and most costly obstacles: locating qualified study participants.

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Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration

By: October 28, 2010

Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned.

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned.

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Marcus Welby, with Computers

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, November 5, 2010

If you read the tea leaves, they aren't falling in favor of small primary care physician practices. Squeezed by high overhead and falling reimbursements for years, many of these physicians have simply given up—retired—or moved on by selling their practices to larger institutions like large group practices or the local hospital. Joseph Mambu, MD, is an exception.

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