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55% of Censured Docs Face No Licensing Action by State Medical Boards

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 17, 2011

More than half of U.S. physicians whose negligence, malpractice, or other behaviors result in censure from hospital peer review escape any state medical board licensing action, according to national health watchdog group, Public Citizen.

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Inpatient Mortality Linked to Nurse Understaffing

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 17, 2011

 Inpatient mortality goes up significantly when a hospital has greater patient turnover and when it fails to meet its own nurse staffing targets by at least eight hours, says a reportpublishedin the New England Journal of Medicine.

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OCR: $5 Million More Needed For HIPAA Enforcement

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, March 17, 2011

The Office for Civil Rights, the enforcer of the HIPAA privacy and security rules, is seeking an increase of $5.6 million in its Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal, mostly to adhere to HIPAA compliance and enforcement requirements.

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Reform Sharpens Focus on Quality Outcomes

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, March 16, 2011

As healthcare reform sharpens the focus on quality outcomes, the ability to achieve and demonstrate success becomes increasingly important.

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The Case Against (and for) Donald Berwick

By: Margaret Dick, for HealthLeaders Media, March 16, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' acting administrator Donald Berwick, MD, is widely regarded as the perfect pick to lead the agency. While he has the support of president Obama and  major medical industry groups, opposition to Berwick's appointment is growing louder.

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Michigan Hospitals Open Senior Emergency Departments

By: Doug Desjardins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 16, 2011

A group of hospitals in Michigan has opened within its existing EDs, specially equipped emergency units designed and staffed to serve the needs of geriatric patients. Business is good.

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Disaster Preparedness Starts Here

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, March 16, 2011

The images of the earthquake and tsunami destruction in Japan are horrific; the human toll incalculable. It's natural to look on from afar and wonder, "Could it happen here?" Hospital leaders know it can. Now they also know where to find resources to train staff for catastrophe.

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Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform

By: February 14, 2011

Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services

By: February 14, 2011

Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9460&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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