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Rural Doctor Resurrects Health Clinic, Embraces EHR
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Many of her patients on the Mississippi Delta cannot pay, are "incredibly sick," and wouldn't have a clue what a wellness program is. But a Roman Catholic nun, physician, and former patient is bridging the gap between rural poverty and health information technology.[Read More]
  November 11, 2010

 
Editor's Picks
AMA: Swift Congressional Action on SGR 'Critical'
Organized medicine is beefing up its latest campaign to pressure Congress to halt scheduled Medicare payment cuts of 23% from taking effect, saying patients need to tell lawmakers that a "catastrophe" is at stake as of Dec. 1. The American Medical Association president said if nothing is done, senior citizens and military families would be at "grave risk." [Read More]
Providers Prep for Medicaid RAC Proposed Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the long-anticipated proposed rule for Medicaid recovery audit contractors (RACs) setting the stage for the targeted April 2011 implementation date.[Read More]
5 Ways to Boost Physician Acceptance of EHRs
The process of implementing electronic medical records involves a lot of moving parts. Hospitals must find the right software vendor, and work with that vendor to customize the EMR system to the facility's needs to ensure that the software interacts with other programs that the facility uses. The list goes on and one.[Read More]
Data Security Inadequate at 71% of Hospitals
The HITECH Act has been under recent scrutiny for not improving the safety of patient records, according to the The Penomon Institute. [Read More]
AMA Releases Social Media Guide for Physicians
The American Medical Association has adopted a social media use policy to help physicians protect patient privacy, and physicians' personal and professional reputations.[Read More]
Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration
Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Patient Experience — Help Wanted
While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.[Read More]
 
Business Rx
How to Prepare for ICD-10 Coding, Software Revisions
The first major alteration in decades of the International Classification of Diseases is looming. Here's a guide to the upcoming changes, which will affect the billing, payment, and software systems of every healthcare provider and healthcare payer organization in the U.S.[Read More]
 
 
Physician News
Shorter Hours for Residents May Come With Financial Consequences
Jeff Elliot, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2010
ASHG Research Emphasizes Medical Value of Family History
Roxanna Guilford-Blake, for HealthLeaders Media, November 9, 2010
Early Dialysis Treatment Increases Mortality Risk
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2010
Fewer doctors taking freebies from medical drug companies
The Los Angeles Times, November 9, 2010

Study: Muslim women uncomfortable with U.S. doctors
USA Today, November 10, 2010
St. Joseph's to Pay $22M to Settle Federal Charges
Cheryl Clark, for Healthleaders Media, November 10, 2010
Justices reluctant to let medical students skip taxes
The Wall Street Journal, November 9 2010
Memorial health (CO) plans to hire 200, build physicians' network
The Colorado Springs Gazette, November 9 2010
Maine General given green light for new hospital
Forbes, November 9 2010

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