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U.S. Healthcare Costs Accelerate Slightly

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 18, 2011

The average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial health plans and Medicare programs rose 6.29% over the last 12 months ending in January, according to Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices.

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Medicaid Enrollment to Outpace Primary Care Providers

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 18, 2011

States with the smallest number of primary care physicians per capita overall—generally in the South and Mountain West—potentially will see the largest percentage increases in Medicaid enrollment, study shows.

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CEO Turnover Highest at Nevada Hospitals

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 18, 2011

 One-third of hospitals in the state of Nevada experienced turnover of their chief executive officers between 2009 and 2010 survey data shows. The national turnover rate for all hospitals in the U.S. was 16%.

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Hospitals Waking Up to Sleep Centers

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

Hospitals are awakening to a growing market for sleep disorders, particularly sleep apnea linked to pulmonary conditions. And while CMS has reduced reimbursements for general sleep study programs, it has opened the door for funding for diagnosis of sleep apnea.

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CMS Needs to Come Clean on Immediate Jeopardy

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

There is concern among hospitals that rules governing how upcoming federal value-based purchasing regulations are not fairly or equitably interpreted or applied from state to state. And as of July 1, there's a huge amount of money at stake.

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Proposed Duty Hour Limits for Residents Meet with Scrutiny

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, March 17, 2011

Medical residency program directors are reacting to a plan to limit the number of hours first-year physician residents can work. Plans also call for increased supervision during shifts and recommendations for napping.

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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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