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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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7 Medical Error Disclosure Deterrents

By: Julie McCoy, for HealthLeaders Media, February 9, 2011

When medical residents fail to report errors and unsafe conditions, the teaching institution misses opportunities to improve systems in the hospital that affect quality. Here are seven reasons why residents fail  to disclose their medical errors, and tips for hospital leaders.

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Kindred Healthcare to Acquire RehabCare in $1.3B Deal

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

 Long-term healthcare services provider, Kindred Healthcare, will acquire RehabCare Group in a $1.3 billion deal that will create the nation’s largest rehabilitation services company, the two companies announced jointly on Tuesday.

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Gross Exams of Tonsils 'Not Cost-Effective,' Says Researcher

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 9, 2011

In the search to eliminate inefficient or useless types of expensive care, a University of Michigan researcher points to the thousands of unnecessary pathology exams of tonsils surgically removed from children, exams that cost $35 million a year in the U.S.

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Warming Injections Lowers Pain

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 9, 2011

 Local anesthetics that are warmed to body temperature prior to being injected results in a clinically meaningful reduction in pain, says a study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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Nurse Practitioner Elected Medical Staff President

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, February 8, 2011

A high-achieving nurse practitioner who was elected to the influential position of medical staff president with more than 50% of the all-physician vote explains his unusual rise through the ranks.

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What ONC Needs Now: Another Doc Who Listens

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, February 8, 2011

As national coordinator for health IT David Blumenthal, MD, prepares to leave his post, healthcare leaders discuss the qualities they'd like to see in his successor -- and which made him an effective champion of electronic health systems and health information exchanges.

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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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