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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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1 in 3 Trauma Patients Discharged to Nursing Homes Die Within Three Years

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

In-hospital deaths for trauma patients declined during a 13-year study, but after discharge, mortality rates rose, suggesting that while trauma care may have improved, care after acute hospitalization is lagging.

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Moody’s Gives For-profit Hospitals ’Stable’ Outlook

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

For-profit hospital revenues will continue to be stressed over the next 12 to 18 months, but profitability should remain healthy thanks to cost containment efforts, Moody's Investor Services says.

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'Smart' Cardiac Catheter Could Speed Arrhythmia Treatment, Improve Safety

By: Christine Leccese, for Health Leaders Media, March 9, 2011

Researchers have developed a cardiac catheter that combines sensing and therapy onto one device. The "map and zap" functionality could mean shorter and safer ablation procedures.

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Texas Children's Hospital Opens $220M West Campus Hospital

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

The 48-bed Texas Children's Hospital West Campus employees about 370 physicians, nurses, and staff and features the only 24/7 pediatric emergency room in the Greater West Houston area.

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Virtual Discharge Assistant Cuts Readmissions, Costs

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

A virtual discharge advocate has proven so successful in a pilot program at Boston Medical Center that 74% of patients in the study preferred to receive information from it rather than from a nurse or a physician.

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PR for EHRs: More to the Story Than Data Breaches

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

Electronic medical record systems make headlines when data is lost or stolen, but one way to counter that negative press is to publicize some of the positive stories about how health information data can improve care, prevent errors, and save lives.

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Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform

By: February 14, 2011

Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy.

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Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services

By: February 14, 2011

Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders.

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