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Striving for Meaningful Use Stage 2

By: Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, August 14, 2012

Are meaningful use requirements too specific or too vague? On target or wide of the mark? It depends on who you ask. Some attestations have been fairly easily won, as institutions that have built their EMRs for years fine-tune them to meaningful use requirements. Others are dramatic come-from-behind affairs.

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Hospital Glucose Monitors Overlooked as Infection Source

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 14, 2012

A federal investigation into a hepatitis outbreak at a New Hampshire hospital uncovers an underappreciated potential source of infection in all healthcare organizations: risks around unsafe diabetes care.

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MA Healthcare Cost Containment Law Comes with Teeth

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, August 13, 2012

Massachusetts was first in the nation to achieve near-universal healthcare coverage. Will the Commonwealth be the first to constrain ballooning costs? Under a new law it will track costs and hold hospitals to performance targets. Non-compliant facilities face fines of up to $500,000.

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As CEOs Postpone Retirement, Succession Plans Still Matter

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 13, 2012

For various reasons, many healthcare CEOs age 55 and older say they're in no hurry to retire, a survey shows. But the need for succession planning in the C-suites doesn't go away, and leadership must eventually be replaced.

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Intelligence Report: Patient Experience and HCAHPS—Little Consensus on a Top Priority

By: August 9, 2012

While 84% of health leaders rank "patient experience" among their top three priorities, less than half of them are making patient experience-specific investments. This original research and analysis, produced with support from Medseek, offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from CaroMont Health, Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Inc., and Provena Health.

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Rounds: Sustainable Patient-Centered Excellence—Lessons From Sharp HealthCare

By: July 30, 2012

Date: September 5, 2012, 9:00–12:00 p.m. PT

Sharp HealthCare leaders reveal the secrets that have enabled them to turn their patient-centered care initiative into a sustainable program that's ingrained in the culture, improves outcomes, and grows stronger over time. By combining their Sharp Experience performance improvement initiative with the Planetree Patient-Centered Care Model, they have built an organization of sustainable patient-centered excellence like no other.

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