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HMA in Talks to Buy CHP Tennessee Hospitals

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 3, 2011

Health Management Associates has announced that it is in negotiations with Catholic Health Partners to acquire Mercy Health Partners, CHP's seven-hospital system based in Knoxville. No financial details have been disclosed.

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CHS Raises 'Best and Final' Cash Bid for Tenet

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 2, 2011

Community Health Systems raised its all-cash bid to acquire all common stock of rival Tenet Healthcare Corp. to $7.25 per share—up from $6 per share—and gave the Tenet board one week to make a decision.

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Hospital Labor Costs Inch Up in Q1

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 3, 2011

Total compensation costs for hospital employees rose 0.5% in the first quarter of 2011, slightly below the rise in total compensation costs for all workers in private industries, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Cost Index shows.

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Individualized Treatment Guidelines for Hypertension Prevent MI, Stroke

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 3, 2011

Developing individualized treatment rather than following current national guidelines for the management of hypertension reduces more myocardial infarctions and strokes, researchers find.

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HCA Finalizes Purchase of Miami's Mercy Hospital

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 3, 2011

The 473-bed hospital will continue to serve as a Catholic acute care hospital. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.

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Large Patient Information Breach List Climbs to 265

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, May 3, 2011

Health insurance giant Health Net retains the top spot on the Office for Civil Rights' list with a reported breach in March affecting the health records of 1.9 million past and current enrollees.

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Putting Patient-Centered Care Into Perspective

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, May 2, 2011

If you aren't looking at your hospital or health system through the eyes of a patient, then no matter what your role in the C-suite, you're missing the future of healthcare.

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Spying Technology Creates a HIPAA Nightmare

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 2, 2011

A crop of tech tools made for snooping and priced for the consumer market means that virtually any hospital employee represents a potential security breach that could cost a hospital thousands of dollars in fines and untold public embarrassment.

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Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

By: April 5, 2011

Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures

By: April 14, 2011

At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9509&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

By: April 14, 2011

Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9585&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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