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CLABSI Rates Down 32%, Says CDC

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2012

For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control has released state-level, standardized infection ratio figures for central line-associated bloodstream infections in all 50 states.

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Leaders Weigh in on Defensive Medicine

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2012

More than half of physician leaders surveyed say they have, in the past year, ordered a test or procedure for primarily defensive medicine reasons. It's among the top cost drivers, but as one radiation oncologist says, "if you can't protect the physicians, you can't change it."

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Feds Urge Cuts in Use of Anti-Psychotic Drugs for Seniors

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 19, 2012

Medicare officials seek to reduce the off-label use of a handful of medications to subdue agitated seniors with dementia. The drugs are not only bad for patients—they can also trigger outcomes that hurt hospital reimbursement.

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Infection Control's 78% Solution

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, April 19, 2012

One of the best things a hospital can do to improve infection control monitoring is to hire a certified infection prevention official. A study shows that they are associated with significantly lower rates of MRSA bloodstream infections.

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Rounds: Four Steps to Lasting Clinical Excellence from Henry Ford Health System

By: April 12, 2012

Date: May 1, 2012
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Intelligence Report: The Unsettled State of the ACO

By: April 12, 2012

39% of organizations plan to join an ACO vs. 64% in 2011, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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