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Behind the Huge Variations in Dialysis Patient Mortality
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
Despite the federal government picking up nearly all dialysis costs for half a million U.S. patients each year, the disease is plagued by enormously high death rates. You would think Uncle Sam would want to count on good quality care for his money no matter where the care was provided. But that is not the case.[Read More]
October 21, 2010
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Radiation Patients Endanger Public, Congressman Says
If the Massachusetts representative is correct, people are being unwittingly exposed to cancer risks from the most unlikely places—even a taxicab or a restroom. He suggests increased safety precautions from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. [Read More]

CA Reports Stroke Rates in Bypass Surgery Data
As the nation's hospitals gear up for more public reporting, California has become the first state in the nation to rank hospitals' rates of stroke after bypass graft surgery. Monitoring this data is a method CA hospitals are using to improve quality of care.[Read More]

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In her column this week, Senior editor Gienna Shaw examines the efficiency of cloud computing for the healthcare setting. It might be faster, more interactive, and save money too.[Read More]

Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration Improves Outcomes
Our correspondent Jeff Elliott reveals a study that suggests when drug response and reactions are closely monitored by a pharmacist alongside a physician, the result might improve care. But will the doctors go along with this idea? [Read More]

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The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned.[Read More]

Intelligence Report: Patient Experience — Help Wanted
While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.[Read More]

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