HealthLeaders Media Live Event on March 19th to Address New Cost Containment and Quality Improvement Strategies

DANVERS, Mass., Feb. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HealthLeaders Media, a division of HCPro, Inc., today announced details for a live forum on March 19, 2013, in which healthcare executives will discuss the next generation of performance improvement solutions at hospitals and health systems.

The "HealthLeaders Media Live" event will be held in the Oaks Conference Rooms at Heartland Health in St. Joseph, Mo., from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Central Time. The program can also be attended virtually from anywhere in the world by logging onto a live simulcast on the Internet.

The cost to participate in the forum -- "Performance Improvement: New Opportunities in Best Practices, Patient Experience and Building the Efficient Culture" -- is $399 for individual attendees. For more information about the event or to register, please go to

"Heartland Health has built its entire culture around performance improvement in a sustainable way," said Jim Molpus, strategic relationships director at HealthLeaders Media. "They have a solid culture that extends from top to bottom in the health system, and they have built the organizational structures and communication streams to identify areas of waste that add no value to care outcomes of the patient experience. This enables Heartland's leaders to think ahead to the next generation of value-based healthcare, from ACOs to population health."

Heartland Health is a 357-bed health system and clinic that began an accelerated quality journey more than a decade ago, culminating in the 2009 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. They are now focused on identifying best practices and care system redesign -- while tying the next levels of cost reduction and value to the patient experience – and they will be sharing some of those specific best practices with the program attendees. The Heartland team identified areas of potential cost savings that have consistently added millions of dollars annually to the organization's bottom line.

The speakers at the forum from Heartland Health will include: Curt Kretzinger, chief operating officer; Mark Laney, M.D., president and chief executive officer; Rebecca Preston, M.D., J.D., medical center physician administrator; and Diane Smith, team leader for contracts and managed care. Live and virtual attendees will also receive free copies of a recently completed, three-lesson white paper; a preview may be downloaded at

The event is part of a series of HealthLeaders Media Live events (rebranded this year from HealthLeaders Media Round) focused on various topics of concern to hospitals and health systems nationwide. HealthLeaders Media Live events provide healthcare leaders with access to in-depth insights, analysis and recommendations on specific challenges facing the industry. Using a case study format, the forums feature an array of leaders from host facilities who collectively share insights on how they have accomplished a particular initiative. This wide-angle view provides healthcare leaders with the ability to incorporate real-world solutions learned from the event into their own systems.

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