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CT Radiation Overdoses Caused By User Error, FDA Says

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, November 16, 2010

Improper use of imaging equipment, not technological problems, are to blame for cases of excess radiation in computed tomography scans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

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Moody's: Leadership a Top Factor in Hospital Ratings

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, November 16, 2010

The quality and capability of leadership—including a hospital's board and management team—are primary aspects when determining not-for-profit hospital ratings, according to Moody's Investor Service.

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AEDs in Hospitals Fail to Improve Survival Odds

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 16, 2010

In some circumstances, hospital use of automated external defibrillators is associated with higher death rates when compared to traditional defibrillators, study shows.

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Spine & Neck Service Line Requires Planned Growth

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, November 15, 2010

While spine surgery traditionally has been an area of lucrative income for hospitals, there is growing debate over the necessity of some procedures related to patient need. To balance those concerns, more and more hospitals are offering multifaceted care, with the possibility of surgery if needed, to expand their business operations.

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HCA Trauma Care Network to Expand in FL

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 16, 2010

Florida residents will benefit from a centralized statewide data collection of trauma research and coordinated services under the joint leadership of Hospital Corporation of America and University of South Florida Health, the institutions say.

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Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions

By: November 15, 2010

Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/intelligence/110/industry-insight-report.html

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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It's Good to Be in Healthcare

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 15, 2010

Despite all the ululating about shrinking reimbursements and the impact of federal healthcare reform, and any of a number of financial icebergs out there, let's acknowledge that it's good to be in healthcare. Numerous surveys show that physicians, highly skilled clinicians, and healthcare executives in the United States are the most highly compensated class of workers on the planet. 

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Federal Debt Commission Makes Unrealistic Recommendations

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, November 15, 2010

Every few months, my husband and I go through and balance our budget.  We tend to cut down on unnecessary items, but wouldn’t dream of cutting the money we put aside for healthcare. Our family’s prudent approach isn’t necessarily a reflection of what the government does when it makes budget cuts, evidenced by the recently released “chairman’s mark” preliminary report.

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