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A New Role for Quality in Medical Liability Reform
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
Earlier this month, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced it would be spending over $23 million to find potential solutions to the medical liability issue. It became the largest investment in malpractice reform by the federal government in at least 20 years. But is the U.S. ready to consider more ways to use quality-related methods—rather than legal briefs or court dates—to handle medical liability reform? [Read More]
    
 
June 24, 2010
 
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U.S. Found Lagging Behind Other Nations in Health Quality, Access
While the U.S. healthcare system was shown to be the most expensive when compared with six other industrialized nations—Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—it failed to achieve better health outcomes when compared to those countries, according to a new Commonwealth Fund updated report. [Read More]

Physicians Turn to Online Communications
Physicians who want to communicate more easily with their patients but aren't ready to open up an IT business in their back office are turning to online solutions. Physicians at hospitals and private practices are using Web-based programs for a variety of tasks, such as conducting e-visits, prescribing medications, delivering lab results to patients, and sharing medical records with patients and their other providers with no wiring, servers, or IT staff required. And, in some regions, healthcare organizations are partnering with their biggest rivals to make it happen. [Read More]

Make Exit Interviews Valuable for the Hospital and Graduating Residents
As the academic year draws to a close, many residency programs are conducting their final exit interviews. To be most effective, program directors and other exit interviewers must remember that these meetings are a two way street: Not only do you provide trainees with valuable feedback, you also gain insights for program improvement. [Read More]

Most Neurogenic Fibrosis Cases Associated with Three MRI Gadolinium Agents
Radiologists should avoid using three types of common gadolinium-based contrast agents when administering MRIs to patients with chronic or acute kidney disease, according to an advisory from the American College of Radiology. [Read More]
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