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Appeals Court Tosses VA Challenges to Health Reform Law

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2011

A federal appeals court on Thursday overturned a lower court ruling and rejected Virginia's challenge to the federal healthcare reform law, ruling that the state lacked the standing to proceed with the suit.

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U.S. Physician Assistant Workforce Doubles in 10 Years

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2011

More than 30% of physician assistants practice in primary care, making it the largest specialty for this sector of healthcare professionals, a survey from the American Academy of Physician Assistants says.

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PA: Understaffing Not a Factor in Carlisle Deaths

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2011

A state investigation at Pennsylvania's Carlisle Regional Medical Center finds no link between the deaths of two emergency department patients and allegations of understaffing by employees.

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Immediate Jeopardy at Parkland Puts VBP Incentive Pay in Peril

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2011

Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where quality problems uncovered by state and federal surveyors triggered an "immediate jeopardy" declaration,  could be the first major acute care facility in the nation prohibited from receiving millions in value-based purchasing incentive payments under a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.

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9/11 Dust Leaves a Medical Legacy

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2011

The smoke and odious dust that rose from the debris of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers' collapse have settled, but their ruinous assault continues.  A decade later, Mount Sinai Hospital researchers have found "substantial and persistent mental and physical health problems" among first responders and recovery workers.

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Intelligence Report: The New Patient Experience Imperative

By: August 23, 2011

22% of healthcare leaders say lack of cultural fit or employee buy-in is their organization’s biggest patient experience stumbling block, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/intelligence/081/industry-insight-report.html

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Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes

By: August 23, 2011

Date: October 26, 2011
About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Host Denver Health with invited guest Virtua share how to make continuous quality improvement with a focus on bottom-line value part of your institutional culture and process. LINK:http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod-9547-EZINEADB&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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