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IPPS Proposed Rule Clarifies Readmissions Penalties

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 25, 2012

The proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System rules outline a final methodology to calculate penalties for hospitals with high rates of 30-day readmissions and promise to boost Medicare payments to eligible acute care hospitals.

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Medicare Trustees' Report Signals 'A Lot of Work Ahead'

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 25, 2012

The report reflects the climate of an election year. While it confirms the success of short-term measures to hold down healthcare costs, it fails to incorporate any future dire events, such as another war, one analyst says.

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Curbing ED Dangers Requires Strong Leadership

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, April 24, 2012

Emergency department nurses get kicked, slapped, pushed, spit on, and yelled at every day. They need crisis prevention training and supportive leaders to stay safe from violence.

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EMR Apps Taking Off, Starting with Refill Requests

By: Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, April 24, 2012

EMRs can be a platform for a multitude of healthcare apps, much as personal phone apps now get built on Apple's iOS or Google's Android platform. Healthfinch's refill management app offloads a time-consuming task from physicians.

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Webcast: Lower Costs, Boost Productivity in Your Emergency Department

By: April 2, 2012

Date: April 30, 2012
About: Increase emergency department throughput with proven cost-reduction and efficiency improvement strategies from three ED leaders at BestPractices, Ochsner Medical Center, and Banner Estrella Medical Center. This customizable webcast allows you to pre-submit speaker questions to guide the discussion and ensure you get the answers your organization needs.

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Intelligence Report: Service Lines Grow Amid Strategic Challenges

By: April 5, 2012

Healthcare leaders foresee dramatic growth in service lines, but anticipate obstacles in aligning with physicians. Over the next two years, 50% of leaders expect to establish new service lines; 75% plan to expand existing service lines. This exclusive, original research and analysis offers key insight from top healthcare executives and clinical leaders on their service line strategies. 

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