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Doctor Fights for Stronger Drug Labeling
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

A 69-year-old Arizona physician, motivated by personal experience, is leading efforts to strengthen warnings about the possible negative side effects of bone-building drugs used by millions of women. [Read More]
  September 15, 2011

 
Editor's Picks
Joint Commission Top Hospitals List Shuns Academic Medical Centers
In what Joint Commission president Mark Chassin is calling "a wake-up call to larger hospitals," facilities with some of the most prominent national reputations are absent from the list of 405 best in the nation. Meanwhile, a disproportionate number of smaller hospitals are represented, in "recognition that small, rural, and community hospitals can do an excellent job." [Read More]
CMS Releases Medicaid RACs Final Rule
The final rule on recovery audit contractors aims to fight Medicaid fraud and will save taxpayers an estimated $2.1 billion over the next five years, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. [Read More]
Proposed CLIA Rules Amendment Skirts Doctors
A proposed rule drafted by three federal agencies would amend the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 regulations to allow patients to receive their test results directly from labs?with no doctor playing middleman. [Read More]
CIED-Related Infections, Costs Rising
The use of cardiac implantable electronic devices is accompanied by an increase in device-related infections, especially for pacemakers. And the cost of treating those infections, length of stay, and mortality within 15 months of the procedure has been rising, researchers say. [Read More]
*LAST CHANCE* Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates
Date: September 16, 2011
About: With 20% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from a hospital readmitted within 30 days, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas, which boasts one of the lowest readmission rates nationwide (17.3%), and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, which cut its readmission rate from the nation?s second-highest (32.4%) to 15%, share strategies to help you reduce your readmission rates.
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Business Rx
ASHHRA: Learn to Live with Lower Medicare Reimbursements
Hospitals and health systems that hope to survive in the era of healthcare reform will have to learn to live on less, says keynote speaker Ian Morrison at the Annual Convention & Exhibition of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration. [Read More]
 
 
Physician News
Overhaul of Physician Education System Recommended
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2011
ASHHRA: 'Jerk Bosses' Derail Nurse Retention Strategies
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 13, 2011
U.S. Physician Assistant Workforce Doubles in 10 Years
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2011
U.S. Census Finds 16.3% of Americans Uninsured
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2011
Seeking Solutions for Brain Tumors
Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2011
CMS Compromise Gives Parkland Reprieve
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2011
Methodist Dallas Corrective Action Plan Accepted
Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2011
HHS Protects Same-Sex Partners' Rights in Hospitals
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 12, 2011

Webcasts/Rounds

Sept 16: Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates

Sept 22: Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

Oct 26: Rounds: Performance Improvement for Quality and Bottom-Line Outcomes

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