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News Roundup: An Executive Grilling and Bright Jobs Outlook

Cora Nucci, Senior Online Editor for HealthLeaders for HealthLeaders Media

In this week's HR headlines, Kathleen Sebelius faces members of Congress, a federal jobs report projects healthy growth in the healthcare sector for years to come, and a wellness program posts impressive stats. >>>


Editor's Picks

Joint Commission Announces 'Top Performers'

One in three hospitals eligible for The Joint Commission's 'top performer' status has provided an evidence-based care practice 95% of the time for patients with certain conditions. >>>

14 Medicare Advantage Plans Earn 5 Stars

Among the significant perks of being a five-star plan is the ability of payers to enroll members throughout the year rather than only during the seven-week Medicare open enrollment period. >>>

5 Scary Things About Healthcare Quality

Despite stringent hospital protocols and watchful government agencies, preventable medical errors continue to severely harm or cause death to some 400,000 patients a year in this country. >>>

Revving Patient Experience May Require a Cultural Transformation

Healthcare organizations that have fully committed to improving patient experience share the common belief that developing a patient-centered culture is key to their success. >>>

3 in 4 Patients Want E-mail Consultations

Patient demand for e-mail consultations with physicians is high, but willingness to pay is low. Physicians practices are finding they can accommodate the preference for e-mail by identifying suitable billing strategies. >>>

News Roundup: More Docs in the Pipeline

In the news: Enrollment in medical schools has hit record levels. Not-for-profit small hospitals' median financial ratios were mixed in 2012, and research finds that older cancer survivors in rural areas are more likely to forgo medical care for financial reasons than their counterparts in urban areas. >>>

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Date: November 5, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Marketing leaders from Covenant Health and Studer Group will help healthcare executives understand the importance of creating a patient-centered culture, share actionable examples of experience improvement techniques, and demonstrate how marketing can promote and sustain the hospital's patient experience strategy. Register Today >>>

News Headlines

Fresh off its IPO, Charlotte-based healthcare alliance Premier Inc. aims for broader reach

Charlotte Observer, November 4, 2013

Lawmakers want to stop fee-for-service Medicare payments

Bloomberg, November 1, 2013

Doctors are enlisted to aid both sides on healthcare law

The Miami Herald / Kaiser Health News, November 1, 2013

Midwives and nurses are as good as docs -- and sometimes better, WHO finds

NBC News, November 1, 2013

Manhattan hospital confirms employee tested positive for tuberculosis

CBS New York, November 1, 2013

Doctors' group to launch own health plan for staff

The Post and Courier, October 31, 2013

Holy Cross Hospital's parent company taps Rick Gilfillan as new CEO

Washington Business Journal, October 30, 2013

City of Pittsburgh responds to UPMC claim that it has no employees

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 30, 2013

Health site puts agency and leader in hot seat

The New York Times, October 29, 2013

Should hospital ratings be embraced, or despised?

ProPublica, October 29, 2013

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The Benefits (and Costs) of Consolidation

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