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Top 10 Quality Issues for 2010

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 3, 2011

Quality issues such as imaging  exposure effects, central line infections, and the doc pay fix dominated  headlines in 2010. Here's a roundup of the top 10 quality issues of 2010—many  of which could continue to cause concern in 2011.

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Patient Education on CT Scan Risks Lacking, Study Shows

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, January 3, 2011

Patients place considerable confidence in CT scans, but they fail to understand the risks they may be taking, researchers say. Patients may be confident in the evaluations the scans allow, but they substantially underestimate the amount of radiation involved in the process.

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Multiple Brain Death Checks Cause Harm, Study Shows

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, January 3, 2010

 A second brain death examination results in significant  delay in diagnosis, adds anguish for grieving families, increases ICU costs,  and reduces organ donation rate, researchers say.

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David Nichols, Tangier Island Physician, Dead at 62

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 30, 2010

Nichols, a primary care physician who for more than three decades served as the only healthcare provider for a remote island in Chesapeake Bay, was one of HealthLeaders Media's 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better in 2010.

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Community Health's Hostile Takeover Attempt Shatters Holiday Calm

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, December 31, 2010

If you were out Christmas shopping the week before the big day, you might've easily missed the latest salvo in a fight that doesn't come to healthcare too often. Of course I'm referring to the increasingly hostile attempt by Community Health Systems, to take over Tenet Healthcare.

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Top 5 Physician Challenges in 2011

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, December 30, 2010

Many of the issues that bedeviled doctors in 2010, like the lingering need for a doc fix, will still be with us. And some, such as the ramifications of ongoing physician shortages and the pressure to convert to electronic health records will only intensify.

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$3 Million Prize Offered to Solve Hospital Admissions Puzzle

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 30, 2010

The head of an accountable care organization-like physician network is offering a hefty prize for the design of a predictive model that can be used to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and readmissions – and potentially realize savings of up to $30 billion nationwide.

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Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services

By: December 16, 2010

Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women’s loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women’s health marketing experts. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9339&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes

By: February 15, 2011

Join us live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital on February 15 to share lessons learned from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod-9384/Cardiac-Care-Leadership-for-Improved-Alignment-and-Outcomes.html

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