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McKesson to Acquire US Oncology in $2.1B Deal

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2010

Together, the healthcare services giant and community-based cancer treatment and research network are expected to serve about 3,000 physician customers.

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Half of Elderly Women Unnecessarily Catheterized in ED

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2010

A report in the American Journal of Infection Control, raises questions about whether elderly women are being unnecessarily exposed to risk of infection, a known hazard of urinary catheterization.

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Healthcare Job Postings Up in October

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2010

Online ads for healthcare practitioners and technical workers posted the largest increase of any job sector for the month, and broke a three-month pattern of decline, Conference Board report shows.

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NCQA Releases Medicare, Medicaid Plan Rankings

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2010

The National Committee for Quality has published scorecards for 183 of about 300 Medicare plans, and 104 of about 200 Medicaid plans. Rankings were based on consumer experience, prevention coverage, and treatment.

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St. David's HealthCare Finalizes $83.8M HHA Purchase

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2010

Heart Hospital of Austin will maintain its current leadership, while technical and support workers will become employees of St. David's.

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Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration

By: October 28, 2010

Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/breakthroughs/258254/Future-Healthcare-Collaboration-data-and-process-improvement-to-lower-costs-and-raise-quality

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Fatal Attack Renews Calls for Healthcare Workplace Safety

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2010

They've been spit on, hit, pushed, shoved, scratched, or kicked while on the job. And last week, RN Cynthia Barraca Palomata died after an attack from a prisoner receiving treatment at the Martinez Detention Facility in CA. Workplace violence against nurses is all too common, but the California Nurses Association is weighing in on how make that change.

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Charged Up About Chargemaster Automation

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, November 1, 2010

If there’s one area you cannot afford to take your eyes off, it’s the chargemaster. With every revenue transaction funneling through it, the chargemaster has the potential to bring in or cost your hospital millions of dollars. Knowing that, I have to ask, why is it that so many hospitals still use a manual process when an automated one is really a time and money-saver?

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