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Virtual Discharge Assistant Cuts Readmissions, Costs
Rebecca Hendren, Editor
A virtual discharge advocate has proven so successful in a pilot program at Boston Medical Center that 74% of patients in the study preferred to receive information from it rather than from a nurse or a physician. [Read More]
March 8, 2011
Editor's Picks

Feds: 92% of Nursing Homes Staffed By Criminals
My colleague, Cheryl Clark, writes that a staggering number of U.S. nursing facilities employ at least one individual with a history of at least one criminal conviction, and one in 20 nursing home employees has one criminal conviction or more.[Read More]
Healthcare Reform: Why We Can't Turn Back
Tom Strauss, Summa Health System CEO, writes that under healthcare reform, there must be a transition to care delivery based on accountability, high quality, prevention, and evidence-based medicine derived from patient-centered outcomes research.[Read More]
Sepsis Survival Rates, Costs Vary Greatly by Hospital
Higher-spending hospitals do not achieve better blood infection survival rates, Massachusetts researchers say, echoing conclusions of studies by others. But how lower-spending hospitals achieve higher survival rates is still unclear.[Read More]
CLABSI Reductions Saved $1.8B in Healthcare Costs, Says CDC
A federal report shows a decline in intensive care unit central line bloodstream infections of 58% and healthcare savings of nearly $2 billion over nine years. But more can be done to further reduce infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.[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. [Read More]
Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services
Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders. [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 the just-released results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. [Read More]

Sponsored Headlines

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NurseLeaders Forum

Tips to Engage Nurses in Mandatory Training
From video gaming approaches to learning management systems, unique training strategies can engage nurses and boost participation, says Jo-Ann Byrne, RN, director of education and organizational development at St. Vincent's Healthcare. [Read More]
Nursing Headlines

$50 Blood Test Could Predict CHF Readmission Risk
HealthLeaders Media, March 4, 2011

How Mobile Apps Improve Quality of Care
HealthLeaders Media, March 4, 2011

MA doctor, nurse practitioner indicted in 6 drug fatalities
The Boston Globe, March 4, 2011

DC hospital, union brace for nurses strike
The Washington Post, March 3, 2011

Audio Conferences/Webcasts

March 10: Charge Nurse Orientation: Improve Customer Service, Quality, and Patient Safety

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