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$50 Blood Test Could Predict CHF Readmission Risk

By: Christine Leccese, for Health Leaders Media, March 4, 2011

An inexpensive blood test may be able to predict the likelihood that a patient with congestive heart failure will be readmitted to the hospital or die within a year of a hospital discharge, researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital find.

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EMR Market Grew 13.6% in 2010

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 4, 2011

Confusion over vendor qualifications and federal guidelines have slowed the projected growth rate of electronic medical records systems, but despite the slower pace, 2010 did see double-digit growth.

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How to Terminate Contracts to Boost Revenue

By: Greg Freeman, for HealthLeaders Media, February 10, 2011

When you’re scrambling for revenue anywhere you can find it, terminating a managed care contract may sound like the last thing you should do. But in fact, getting rid of a contract that is not working for you can actually make your practice more profitable.

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How Mobile Apps Improve Quality of Care

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 4, 2011

The medical applications are promising, but some note that the value in terms of time saved or patient care quality improved has yet to be demonstrated.

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CMO Duties Intensify, But Compensation Lags

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, March 3, 2011

For physicians who trade their white coats for business suits by taking chief medical officer positions, there's still the pull of clinical work: that white coat. Curiously, those who do clinical work earn less than those who don't.

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Dartmouth Atlas Challenges Ethics of 'Doctor-Centric' Care

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

The latest report from the Dartmouth Atlas Project reveals some troubling ethical quality and safety issues about what investigators are calling a "doctor-centric" medical delivery system for Medicare beneficiaries.

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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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