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Baylor Embraces Quality Improvement Initiatives
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Although physicians may worry about healthcare reform and financial outlooks, they are enthusiastic about quality improvement initiatives for patient care. This much was evident at a HealthLeaders Media Rounds panel discussion this week.[Read More]
  February 17, 2011

Editor's Picks
Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction
Dedication to mission is strong and getting stronger, but just how to accomplish that mission is less certain, according to results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. [Read More]
Federal Budget Pleases Doctors, Not Hospitals
The American Medical Association looked favorably upon the president's plan to shift about $50 billion in Medicare and Medicaid payments away from states, insurers, and drug companies over the next 10 years, to improve physician reimbursements.[Read More]
CMS Proposes PPC Medicaid Payment Reductions
Provider-preventable conditions would receive a payment reduction under Medicaid, similar to the treatment of hospital-acquired conditions by the Medicare program, under a proposed rule posted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. [Read More]
RAC Tip: How to Determine Inpatient Admission Date, Time
This past summer the first Recovery Audit Contractor approved the issue "inpatient admissions without a physician's inpatient admit order." This placed an impetus on hospitals to tighten up internal processes to avoid RAC audits and potential recoupments at their facility. Recently, CMS released guidance on hospital inpatient admission decisions, that shows there is still confusion and room for improvement. [Read More]
Rounds: Build a Better Orthopedic Team: Engage, Measure, and Perform
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. [Read More]
Business Rx
Security Challenges of EHR Adoption
Providers and healthcare consumers both feel that the electronic health records will produce better healthcare outcomes. There's still some disagreement, though, about how each party feels about the security of such tools.[Read More]
Physician News
Hospice Rates Rise But Hospitalizations Remain High
HealthLeaders Media, February 16, 2011
20 Charged in $200M Medicare Scam
HealthLeaders Media, February 16, 2011

Ensuring ED Specialty Call a Growing Problem in CA
HealthLeaders Media, February 14, 2011
Imaging tests are often done for the doctor, not the patient
The Los Angeles Times, February 16, 2011
Medical Imaging Test Rates Declines
HealthLeaders Media, February 14, 2011
Patient alarms often unheard, unheeded
The Boston Globe, February 14, 2011
Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital facing staff cuts
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 14, 2011
HCA Announces Management Shakeup, Subsidiary
HealthLeaders Media, February 11, 2011
Campaign Leverages HIT to Improve Care for Neonates
HealthLeaders Media, February 16, 2011
Online Web Gallery Fuels Hospital Campaign
HealthLeaders Media, February 16, 2011
Ex-surgeon in PA now a pioneer in end- of-life service
The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 15, 2011
Motorcycle Helmets and Spine Injuries, Revisited
HealthLeaders Media, February 16, 2011

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