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Dartmouth Atlas: Costs Rise for Medicare Patients at End of Life

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 13, 2011

Chronically ill Medicare patients spent fewer days in the hospital and received more hospice care in 2007 than they did in 2003. Patients who were hospitalized, however, got more aggressive, intensive, and costly care, according to a Dartmouth Atlas Project report on end-of-life care.

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HHS Unveils $1B Program to Reduce Medical Errors

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 13, 2011

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced a $1 billion patient safety initiative aimed at saving lives and reducing hospital readmissions by 20% over the next three years.

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Healthcare Fundraising Shows Signs of Life

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 13, 2011

Two years of recession-related losses and cutbacks have taken their toll on donations and investment income, but the worst may be over, an Association for Healthcare Philanthropy survey shows.

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7 Ways Hospitals Can Trim Costs

By: Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN, for HealthLeaders Media, April 12, 2011

Hospitals are under intense pressure to reduce their cost of operations as they prepare for an altered healthcare environment requiring higher quality care at a lower price. Here are some tips from a nurse leader.

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More Study Needed to Prove Telehealth's Worth

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, April 12, 2011

A shortage of intensivists, specialists, and physicians willing to take call is driving the growth of telehealth. So are advances in technology. But there's a lingering lack of concrete evidence that remote care is significantly better than care delivered in person.

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Licensed Practical Nurses: A Dying Breed?

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, April 12, 2011

A growing number of organizations looking to streamline acute care are phasing out licensed practical nurses by encouraging them to become registered nurses or transition to other positions. Yet a federal jobs forecast calls for LPN ranks to grow by 21% between 2008 to 2018.

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Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care

By: April 4, 2011

Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care— accountable for quality, for value, and for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot.http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

By: April 5, 2011

Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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