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Medical Imaging War Pits Doctor vs. Doctor
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Radiologists are happy; orthopedists are upset. This is just some of the fallout in Maryland over the state's high court ruling last month that upheld a state law prohibiting physicians from referring patients for MRI, CT, and radiation therapy services to providers in their own group practice.[Read More]
  February 10, 2011

 
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7 Medical Error Disclosure Deterrents
The admission of making a mistake resulting in damage to patient trust and threat of litigation is a weight on the minds of all physicians. Failing to address the values of error, near miss, and unsafe condition reporting with residents is detrimental to both the institution and the trainee. [Read More]
To Do No Harm: Safety as a Professional Obligation
One hundred thousand Americans are losing their lives each year in hospitals due to medical errors and medication-induced complications. To minimalize preventable deaths, health leaders should engage and educate their hospital board, use surgical checklists, and educate patients on proper medication adherence, one expert says.[Read More]
Getting Hospitalist Compensation Right
HealthLeaders Finance Editor Karen Minich-Pourshadi says as hospitalists continue to see steady increases in their compensation, hospital CFOs should assess how they compensate these players to ensure hospitals are getting the best return on their investment. [Read More]
A Hospital Prevents Readmissions, but Threatens Revenue
An asthma prevention program at Children's Hospital Boston has drastically reduced emergency room visits and hospitalizations. But the program underscores the tension between a hospital's quest for quality and its bottom line. [Read More]
Rounds: Build a Better Orthopedic Team: Engage, Measure, and Perform
Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. [Read More]
 
Business Rx
Security Challenges of EHR Adoption
Providers and healthcare consumers both feel that the electronic health records will produce better healthcare outcomes. There's still some disagreement, though, about how each party feels about the security of such tools.[Read More]
 
 
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Blumenthal slams EHR critics
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FDA approves pacemaker that is safe during MRI
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HIPAA Violations Remind Hospitals to Reinforce Privacy Rules
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Kindred Healthcare to Acquire RehabCare in $1.3B Deal
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Health insurers adapt to once-scary reform rule
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Study changes care for breast cancer
The Houston Chronicle, February 9, 2011
Warming Injections Lowers Pain
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Heart failure therapy more effective in women
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How to spot a gang member in your ED
NorthJersey.com, February 9, 2011
Pols, VA chief to meet over hospital concerns
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