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10 Ways CMS's Value-Based Purchasing Proposal is Flawed
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
A thicket of negative public comments on a government website point to problems with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed regulations governing hospital inpatient value-based purchasing penalties.[Read More]
March 10, 2011
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Virtual Discharge Assistant Cuts Readmissions, Costs
Louise will see you now. Our nursing editor Rebecca Hendren describes Project RED's effort to use a software program and "after hospital care plan" to provide better discharge planning to prevent readmissions while saving money. [Read More]

Lap-Band Surgery Campaign Thin on Info, Says LAPHD
Sleight of hand marketing gimmicks have always annoyed me, especially in healthcare because victims are in their most vulnerable time. Marketing editor Doug Desjardins details public health concerns in Los Angeles over tactics being used by a Beverly Hills clinic to promote lap-band surgery. [Read More]

Trauma Patient Mortality Soars After Discharge
Yes, trauma patients discharged from the hospital are much more frail than the general population. But in this study, which details their much higher mortality—16% of them die within three years and 34% die if they are discharged to a skilled nursing facility—may highlight an area for greater post-discharge efforts. [Read More]

How Mobile Apps Improve Quality of Care
This story was published in our February HealthLeaders magazine about the rise in medical applications that providers can use while on the go. And yes, I'll be standing in line to buy an iPad2 to give some of these apps a whirl.[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]

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]
This Week's Headlines
MGH faces suit over fatal drug error
The Boston Globe, March 10, 2011

Rising calls to replace Berwick at Medicare
The New York Times, March 8, 2011

A new understanding of higher Medicare spending
Kaiser Health News, March 10, 2011
Sponsored Headlines
Case Study: Mayo Clinic helps radiologists pinpoint potential problems : Mayo Clinic transforms the way it processes and interprets medical imaging results to enable more accurate detection. Powerful algorithms pinpoint potential problem areas within medical images and flag them based on the probability of abnormality. This process transformation increases diagnostic sensitivity for detection of brain aneurysms through intelligent flagging of high-risk areas.

Case Study: University College London Hospitals: UCLH had to adhere to the 18wkRTT requirements stated by the U.K. government. The BPM based Patient Tracking System (PTS) enabled them to better manage their clinical pathways and resources and also help improve patient experience by reducing uncertainty in the scheduling of treatments.

Discover, Interact, and Optimize for Smarter Healthcare with BPM Powered by Smart SOA: This IBM® RedguideTM describes one of the most significant challenges in healthcare today: the need for healthcare providers to effect patient care positively and proactively in the face of increasing patient load and information overload. IBM WebSphere® business process management (BPM) powered by smart service-oriented architecture (SOA), or BPM powered by Smart SOA, has the potential to maintain the medical common body of knowledge. It also makes critical, current data available to practitioners in a manner that is consistent with the evidence-based, event-driven environment to which healthcare aspires. BPM powered by Smart SOA can also automate healthcare provider administrative and care delivery processes.
Webcasts/Audio Conferences

March 29: Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform

March 31: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services

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On demand: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes

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