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Joseph Smith: Forging Healthcare's Wireless Way Forward
December 23, 2010

At West Wireless, where the mission is to identify technological solutions that dramatically lower the cost of healthcare, Smith is pushing for a future in which today's chronic disease care illness will be tracked, perhaps even diagnosed and prevented, far more efficiently by wireless sensors in the home, on the skin or in the body, woven into clothing or built into appliances. [Read more]



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Robert Neil McLay: Treating PTSD with Virtual Reality
December 23, 2010

Psychiatrist, Research Director, Naval Medical Center San Diego U.S. Navy Reserve Commander Robert Neil McLay's field of expertise involves post traumatic stress disorder and the effects of combat-induced stress on the brain. He is a pioneer in the use of computer-based virtual reality simulators for treating PTSD. His treatment regimens, which include traditional therapy and consultation, have enjoyed success rates of up to 75%, even for patients with a history of treatment resistance. [Read more]



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Diana Petitti: Taking an Evidence-Based Approach to Public Health
December 23, 2010

Petitti is a strong proponent that the healthcare industry needs to constantly reevaluate its practices and treatments in light of new evidence. But changing the status quo is often easier said than done, she has learned firsthand.[Read more]



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Elliott Fisher: Data-Driven ACO Visionary
December 23, 2010

When asked where he sees himself in 10 years, Fisher commonly hailed as the father of accountable care organizations, is self effacing. "I might be in hiding because ACOs failed," he jokes. [Read more]



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Leah Binder: An Amiable Watchdog for Hospital Quality, Safety
December 23, 2010

Watchdog organizations don't always have the best relationships with those they are watching. When asked to describe her relationship with healthcare providers and leaders, Leah Binder, CEO of The Leapfrog Group, deadpans the answer. "Some of my best friends are in hospitals," she says. She pauses and then laughs. "I promise," she says. "Some of them don't like me but I will tell you that some of them do."[Read more]



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HL20: James Andrews - Preventing Kids' Sports Injuries
December 23, 2010

Athletes with millions of dollars resting on the outcome of their surgeries trust him, and have for a couple of decades now. And though he made his money and fame in surgery, in recent years, and as the end of his career approaches, Andrews is spending an awful lot of time, money, and effort on prevention.[Read more]



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John Brebbia: Surgeon's Work Honors Fallen Friend
December 22, 2010

For trauma surgeon John Brebbia, MD, volunteer work in Haiti after the Jan. 12 earthquake was inspired by the memory of a fallen colleague, as much as it was by the knowledge that the practical expertise and care he could provide was desperately needed in the stricken island nation. [Sponsored by McKesson]



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HL20: John C. Goodman
December 20, 2010

As head of a think tank that searches for private sector alternatives to government programs that are not working, Goodman is in his element when causing a stir. Whether it's being at odds with the White House or Democrats or Republicans in Congress, Goodman takes special delight in taking jabs at health policy makers. [Sponsored by Emdeon]



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HL20: Kathleen Bartholomew, part 2
December 20, 2010

For decades, there was a dirty little secret in healthcare. Everyone knew it existed, but no one wanted to talk about it. The secret was that bad behavior and bullying were rampant. In a supposedly caring profession, some caregivers were not caring at all, to the point that they made lives miserable and disrupted patient care. Kathleen Bartholomew's strong voice shone a light on the problem. She has made it her life's work to end bullying and bad behavior by physicians and nurses. [Sponsored by McKesson]



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HL20: Kathleen Bartholomew, part 1
December 20, 2010

For decades, there was a dirty little secret in healthcare. Everyone knew it existed, but no one wanted to talk about it. The secret was that bad behavior and bullying were rampant. In a supposedly caring profession, some caregivers were not caring at all, to the point that they made lives miserable and disrupted patient care. Kathleen Bartholomew's strong voice shone a light on the problem. She has made it her life's work to end bullying and bad behavior by physicians and nurses. [Sponsored by McKesson]



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HL20: Governor Jim Douglas
December 20, 2010

To find a working, bipartisan, political system that focuses on practical results within budgetary constraints, leave the Beltway and look to the states. In striking contrast to Congress, Vermont provides a great example of what Republicans and Democrats can achieve in healthcare when they agree upon a common goal. And perhaps no one better embodies that bipartisan spirit in the Green Mountain State than long-serving Republican Gov. Jim Douglas. [Sponsored by McKesson]



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Preventing RAC Denials
December 20, 2010

Karen Bowden, president of ClaimTrust Consulting Services, a Tennessee-based in-hospital revenue cycle consulting firm discusses how RAC views "wrong setting" denials, and how you can prevent problems for your hospital. [Sponsored by Emdeon]



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Avoiding Turf Battles With Your Board
December 17, 2010

Listen to a conversation with Kerry Shannon, senior managing director with FTI Healthcare, about changing board constructs in healthcare. She contends that many healthcare boards need to re-engineer themselves not only so that they understand their fiduciary responsibility, but also so that they increasingly take on responsibility for the strategic direction and parameters of the organization. She has some fascinating ideas on how that might be done without intruding on management’s turf. [Sponsored by FTI Healthcare]
 



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Finding Gold in the Supply Chain
December 13, 2010

Listen to Philip Betbeze, HealthLeaders Media's senior leadership editor, talk with Deborah Roy of FTI Healthcare about the key variable in the success of any supply chain intiative: getting clinician cooperation. [Sponsored by FTI Healthcare]



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Joining Forces
December 13, 2010

Listen to HealthLeaders Media's Philip Betbeze's conversation with Paul Hanson, president and CEO of North Country Health Services in Minnesota, about the smaller system's recent decision to merge with South Dakota's Sanford Health. It's a fascinating discussion about a trend—consolidation—that's slowly picking up steam. [Sponsored by Emdeon]



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David Nichols: Primary Care Doc, Pilot Puts Patients First
Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, December 6, 2010

For 31 years, David B. Nichols, MD, commuted once a week to Tangier Island, VA, piloting his own plane or helicopter. The 15-minute flight over the Chesapeake took Nichols to an area where the residents have triple the rate of disease he had seen any place else. In one of his final interviews, Nichols looked back on his legacy as a primary care leader.[Sponsored by McKesson]



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Will DOJ Quash Insurers' Most Favored Nation Clauses?
November 1, 2010

A recent Department of Justice lawsuit threatens the "most favored nation" clauses common to many insurer contracts with healthcare providers. Attorney Dale Grimes of Bass, Berry & Sims discusses the potential upheaval associated with this contracting mainstay. [Sponsored by Emdeon]



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Primary Care Physicians to Take Central Role in ACOs
October 21, 2010

Paul Keckley, executive director of Deloitte's Center for Health Solutions, discusses the physician’s role in the accountable care organization. Keckley shares his thoughts about this rapidly evolving team-based system of care with the PC physician at its center, and the important role technology will play. [Sponsored by Emdeon]



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The Fate of Healthcare Benefit Coverage Subsidies for Nonprofits
September 3, 2010

Bruce McPherson, CEO of the Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Healthcare discusses tax exemptions for nonprofit hospitals and health facilities in light of healthcare reform legislation. [Sponsored by Emdeon]



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Payment Model Innovation: Sharing the Rewards of a Pay-For-Performance Program
September 2, 2010

Neal Peyser, Managing Director FTI Healthcare discusses the creation of payment incentives for better collaboration between hospitals and their medical staff. He describes how one facility was able to tap incentive payments from a commercial payer that were based on meeting quality and efficiency metrics, and share them with physicians. [Sponsored by FTI Healthcare]



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Physicians: Reimbursement and Retention
August 3, 2010
Listen to Crouse Hospital CEO Paul Kronenberg, MD, on the implications of physician recruitment and retention under new models of reimbursement.

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What Matters Most to Healthcare CEOs?
August 2, 2010

Mark Laney, CEO of Heartland Health in St. Joseph, MO, discusses changing priorities among healthcare CEOs.



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Why Patient Experience Should Drive CEO Decision-Making
April 2, 2010
To become patient-centric, the patient experience must be the CEO's top priority, says Gary Adamson of Starizon Studio. [Sponsored by Toshiba]

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Create Extra Capacity, Without Extra Expense
April 2, 2010
Wayne Keathley, president of New York's Mt. Sinai Medical Center, discusses adding 10,000 patient discharges per year by working on accountability and efficiency in patient throughput.

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What Matters Most to Healthcare CEOs?
April 1, 2010
Mark Laney, CEO of Heartland Health in St. Joseph, MO, discusses changing priorities among healthcare CEOs.

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CEOs Get the Cost Message Loud and Clear
February 19, 2010
Chris Jedrey, a partner with the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, discusses the setback on healthcare reform legislation and whether that will also set back health organizations' focus on cost and quality issues.

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Reducing Costs, Not Quality
February 12, 2010
Hackensack (NJ) Medical Center President and CEO Robert Garrett discusses the findings of our HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2010.

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