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Not-for-Profit Provider Outlook 'Negative,' Says Moody's

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 27, 2012

The economy is still too soft to change the negative outlook for not-for-profit healthcare providers in the United States in 2012, and that outlook may stay negative "for at least the next several years," says a report from Moody's Investors Service.

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Overweight Physicians Display Bias in Obesity Care

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 27, 2012

Doctors who are overweight or obese are less likely than physicians of normal weight to diagnose weight problems in heavy patients or to launch discussions with them about their need to slim down, says a Johns Hopkins report.

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What's Wrong with the da Vinci Robot?

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, January 26, 2012

As more health systems use devices such as the da Vinci robot, there's growing controversy about their value. But for head and neck surgeons, the robot means a "new era" in patient care.

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Physician Referral Patterns Ripe for Scrutiny

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 26, 2012

When is a general practitioner's referral of a patient to a specialist an appropriate one that will likely lead to better outcomes, and when is it a categorical waste of money?

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Impact Analysis Report—The Next Phase of Cost Control

By: January 6, 2012

This third report in a series of four from the inaugural HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange provides insight on cost containment from leaders at Banner Health, Wellmont Health System, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Floyd Memorial Hospital & Health Services, and Trinity Regional Health System. Eighteen percent cite "no culture of being cost-conscious" as their greatest organizational challenge to cost reduction.

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Book—Oncology: Strategies for Superior Service Line Performance

By: January 18, 2012

The evolution of the oncology payment model and pressure to provide more patient-centered care are leading healthcare organizations to transform the oncology care model. Gain realistic strategies and business guidance from oncology leaders to develop the structures and processes for oncology service line success in the future.

 

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