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Improving Head and Neck Cancer Outcomes

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, January 8, 2011

New approaches are resulting in less devastating impact on  speech, swallowing, and appearance.

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Private ICU Rooms Slash HAI Rates by Half

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 12, 2011

Hospitals that convert multi-bed intensive care units to single-bed private rooms with their own sinks saw a 54% decline in rates for three types of hospital-acquired bacterial infections researchers say.

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Doctors Communicate Poorly Among Themselves, Study Finds

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 12, 2011

Communication regarding patient consultations and referrals among specialists and primary care physicians rarely happens in a timely way, researchers say.

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BCBSA Hires Former OK Insurance Commissioner

By: January 11, 2011

Kim Holland, the former Oklahoma insurance commissioner and a recent officer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners will be the executive director for state affairs at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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Talk to Nurses About Facebook Before They Talk About You

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, January 11, 2011

Facebook's ubiquity makes people not think about it very much. It's just part of life. But when one's profession involves interacting in other people's lives, the lines can be blurred. And that's a problem for employers.

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Combination CT Scans Get Mixed Reviews

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, January 11, 2011

Public attention is focused on a rise in so-called combination computed tomography scans. Research shows they may have some advantages, but some observers are questioning whether high incidences of the multiple imaging scans are warranted.

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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. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9339&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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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. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9412&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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