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Healthcare's $363B in 'Hidden Costs' Detailed

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 25, 2011

Consumers are spending 14.7% more on healthcare than what is conventionally cited in government accounts. The hidden costs are attributed to chiefly to lost wages associated with unpaid supervisory care, Deloitte says.

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1 in 3 Female Vets Dissatisfied with VA Healthcare

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 25, 2011

 A survey of women military veterans has found widespread distrust and dissatisfaction with healthcare services offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Docs-to-Hospital Shuttle Service OK, Says OIG

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 25, 2011

 Federal inspectors said they see nothing illegal about a free local transportation arrangement that would shuttle patients from physicians' offices to an adjacent hospital.

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Hospitals Face Wage and Hour Law Scrutiny

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 16, 2011

Hospitals are facing more attention from regulators and attorneys regarding traditional, but noncompliant, practices. While the settlements for individual employees usually don’t add up to more than a few hundred dollars, the payout by hospitals and health systems can be substantial.

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Hospital Chiefs Still Grappling With Reform

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 24, 2011

On the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act's passage, health leaders attending the American College of Healthcare Executives meeting in Chicago concede that the time for complacency is over. Now they must tackle reform, head on.

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For Top ACO or Team Care, Check Physician Egos at the Door

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, March 24, 2011

Accountable care organizations may be the next big thing in healthcare. But multidiscipline team approaches to care, their distant cousin, probably have more staying power.  For either to work well, physicians must leave their egos behind.

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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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