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12 CA Hospitals Fined for Immediate Jeopardy Violations

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

A dozen California hospitals must pay "immediate jeopardy" fines totaling $650,000 for safety lapses that caused death or harm to patients under their care, state health officials announced Wednesday.

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Heart Transplant Scores Predict One-Year Survival Rates

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

Hospital heart transplant centers that adopt a scoring method can greatly increase the chance recipients will be alive one year later and thereby more efficiently use scarce donor hearts, say cardiac surgery researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

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Feds Nab 91 Suspects in Medicare Billing Schemes Totaling $295M

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

An eight-city sweep by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force netted 91 suspects -- including 11 doctors and two nurses -- in various fraud schemes. More than 400 investigators from the Department of Justice, FBI, Health and Human Services, and state and local law enforcement agencies participated in the raids, federal authorities say.

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Playing to Win Patient Engagement

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, September 7, 2011

"Funware" also known as "gamification" is a marketing method that applies gaming techniques to non-game settings. Adding a little fun to healthcare through games or contests can boost patient and employee satisfaction and brand loyalty, all while keeping costs low.

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Wyoming's Winning Meaningful Use Strategy

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, September 7, 2011

A critical access hospital CEO shares how his organization became not only the first hospital in Wyoming to achieve stage-one meaningful use, but also one of the first CAHs in the nation to do so as well.

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5 Challenges for CO-OPs

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 7, 2011

Accountable care organizations, integrated delivery systems and chambers of commerce are  likely candidates to form consumer-operated and -oriented health insurance plans. But one analyst wonders if $3.8 billion in government loans will be enough to guarantee the success of this latest option to individual and small business healthcare coverage.

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Rounds: Women's Health Strategies for Service Line Growth and Quality

By: August 1, 2011

Date: September 15, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast About: Learn how host Bon Secours Richmond Health System and invited guest Geisinger Health System maximize downstream revenue in their women's health services, as well as opportunities for integration, quality and customer loyalty. LINK:

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Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes

By: August 23, 2011

Date: October 26, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Host Denver Health with invited guest Virtua share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process. LINK:

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