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From 'Cookbook' to Evidence-Based Medicine
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Evidence-based clinical practices are better not only for patient outcomes, but for healthcare costs as well. While it remains difficult to gather the large amounts of data necessary for best practices to be developed and refined, technology is leading the way forward.
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  March 4, 2011

Editor's Picks
St. Joseph's Community Health Services, Gundersen Lutheran Form WI Partnership
In November, St. Joseph's Community Health Services in Hillsboro, WI, signed a management agreement with nearby Gundersen Lutheran Health System. The combined system—to be known as St. Joseph's Health Services—Gundersen Lutheran —will serve Hillsboro, Wonewoc, Elroy, and surrounding communities in the Hill Country area of west central Wisconsin. Competing under reform legislation appears to go better with scale, and this is just the latest in what appears to be a nationwide trend of health systems buying up smaller regional hospitals and health facilities. [Read More]
Build a Better Small Hospital
What's keeping rural hospitals from expanding their health information technology initiatives? Only 6% of rural healthcare industry executives surveyed recently by HealthLeaders Media said that technology systems/equipment was the top priority on their agendas. Rural hospital aren't known for their deep pockets, but that's not all that's holding back progress across America's rural and mostly small hospitals. The problem is much more fundamental: Most facilities haven't been designed to overcome their most vexing challenges: short funds and thin staffs. [Read More]
Senators want access to Medicare claims database
Two senators, a Republican and a Democrat, are pushing legislation to overturn a 1979 court injunction that bars the public from seeing what individual physicians earn from Medicare. That data, commonly known as the Medicare claims database, is widely considered one of the best tools for identifying fraud and abuse in the $500 billion federal health-insurance program for the elderly and disabled. [Read More]
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]
Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: 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. [Learn More]
This Week's Headlines
US Supreme Court sides with ex-hospital employee
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Health Plans Brace for HSA, HRA Headaches
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Don't Fear the Future of Healthcare - It's Working
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UnitedHealth Group loses $23.5B Pentagon contract
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 3, 2011
DC hospital, union brace for nurses strike
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Healthcare Job Postings Stall in February
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Sepsis Survival Rates, Costs Vary Greatly by Hospital
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