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What Would Super Committee Say About $430M Proton Beam Center War?

Cheryl Clark

The effectiveness of proton beam therapy treatments has not been fully demonstrated, but the leaders of two healthcare powerhouses, Scripps Health and UC San Diego Medical Center, are proceeding with massive proton beam center construction projects—five miles apart. >>>


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When Medical Errors Happen, Executives Shouldn't Hide

When tragic medical mistakes harm patients, defensive attitudes and behavior can make litigation more likely and prolonged, and can add more anxiety and suffering to the affected patients and their families, says an Institute for Healthcare Improvement report. >>>

Physician Checklist Zaps Wasteful Spending

Physicians and hospitals have been adopting checklists to ensure proper patient care. Now it’s time to take the checklist premise further, to find procedures that should be minimized or eliminated altogether. >>>

ACO Final Rules Intend to Encourage Consolidation

Leaders fear change. They fear taking on risk. And perhaps most importantly, they fear that accountable care organizations will turn out to be another failed payment experiment from the federal government. Some may rightly consider ACO participation as the worse of two bad options. In that case, it's time to consider consolidation. >>>

CMS Pushed to Improve Reporting on Adverse Events

The Office of Inspector General criticizes regional offices of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for failing to notify accreditation agencies, such as the Joint Commission, in two-thirds of cases involving serious adverse events at hospitals, including immediate jeopardy citations. >>>

News Headlines

Health guideline panels struggle with conflicts of interest

The New York Times, November 3, 2011

Chicago physician works nutrition into patients’ checkups

Chicago Tribune, November 3, 2011

HealthGrades merges with monitoring firm CPM

The Denver Post, November 3, 2011

Hospitals to see 1.9% jump in Medicare outpatient fees in 2012

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, November 2, 2011

Suit claims black nurses kept from white clients

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 2, 2011

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center cited for safety violations

The Los Angeles Times, November 1, 2011

Opinion: 10 Reasons the Super Committee should cut Medicare

Forbes, November 2, 2011

Obama orders FDA to zero in on drug shortage crisis

PBS NewsHour, November 1, 2011

Family of girl who needed amputations after ER delay is awarded $10M

Sacramento Bee, October 31, 2011

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Webcast: Winning With Value-Based Purchasing

Date: November 17, 2011
About: Value-based purchasing brings real financial implications in the amount of CMS payment at risk, quality penalties, and the investments required to avoid those penalties. The stability of your future finances depends on your ability to successfully implement VBP. Join us for a 60-minute audio conference with VBP experts from Aurora Health Care and Premier. >>>

Webcast: Battle-Tested Tactics for Key Internal Marketing Initiatives

Date: November 8, 2011
About: In this 90-minute Webcast, benefit from lessons learned from Catholic Health Initiatives’ communication campaign for EHR implementation, and learn what your service lines can mean for marketing opportunities. >>>

From HealthLeaders Magazine

Patient Engagement Takes Physician Leadership

As providers become increasingly accountable for healthcare outcomes, patient engagement grows in significance. Individuals should take responsibility for their health, but what role do the providers play in turning consumers of care into partners in care? >>>


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