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Humana, FL Physicians Group Bundle Radiation Services

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2012

Health insurer Humana has contracted with a large Florida-based oncology group in what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind effort to bundle payments for radiation therapy services. Under the plan, doctors will provide a defined set of treatments and procedures for a fixed price.

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Blood Transfusion Refusal Poses No Risk in Cardiac Patients

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2012

Patients who refused blood transfusions on religious grounds and instead received pre-operative blood conservation strategies before undergoing cardiac surgery did not have more complications than patients who did receive transfusions, a report finds.

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Cloud Outage Highlights Pitfalls as Well as Promise

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

Cloud computing has too many advantages for healthcare leaders to pass up, but don't go in without a disaster recovery plan. Do get together with other hospitals and health systems to share resources without depending entirely on vendors.

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Nurse Overtime Ban a Victory for Bay State RNs

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, August 14, 2012

Organizations ranging from the American Nurses Association to the Institute of Medicine have called for a complete ban on mandatory overtime, arguing that it can lead to patient injury and even death. Now, after more than a decade of lobbying to halt the practice, nurses in Massachusetts are chalking up a win.

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Webcast: Going Mobile—Defining Strategy and Establishing Metrics

By: July 30, 2012

Date: August 28, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Mobile solutions provide new ways to serve patients, improve efficiency, and deliver greater value. Discover how Swedish Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and Mercy Health have built mobile strategies that advance their business goals and how you can too. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access.

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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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