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Make APRNs a HIX Requirement

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, editor for HealthLeaders Media

The ANA wants health insurance plans to include at a minimum number of advanced practice registered nurses in their provider networks in order to qualify for certification. >>>

 

Editor's Picks

Berwick Names 11 Monsters Facing Hospital Industry

Former acting head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Don Berwick, MD, acknowledges healthcare providers have come a long way in the last few decades, but it's "by no means enough." >>>

Medical Error Cost Calculator Riles AHA

An online tool from the Leapfrog Group, which determines the "hidden surcharge" or costs of a hospital's medical errors, employs a methodology that is "seriously flawed," says the American Hospital Association. >>>

Citing 'System Failure,' AHA Urges Delay of MU Stage 2

The processing of federally mandated quality measures by electronic health records systems "raises costs and effort for providers without leading to accurate data and is not sustainable," the American Hospital Association asserts. >>>

Physicians on Treadmills Diagnose with Accuracy, Says Mayo Doc

"All businesses with sedentary workers should allow employees to use" treadmill desks, says a former Mayo Clinic CEO and enthusiastic advocate for walking while working. Healthcare providers are no exception. >>>

Useless Care for Back Pain on the Rise

Physicians are drifting away from evidence-based care for back pain patients and are treating them with growing rates of referrals to surgeons and other doctors and orders for "inappropriate" CT or MRI images, a study shows. >>>

Rural Life Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

A study finds that the risk of injury deaths is 22% higher in the most rural counties than in the most urban areas. While the data reveals some surprising findings, the lead author says she can only speculate as to the reasons why. >>>

IOM Rejects Geography-Based Value Index for Medicare

"Geographies don't make decisions. Providers and provider organizations do," says a member of the Institute of Medicine. The focus should instead be on incentives designed to hold providers accountable for quality outcomes, an IOM committee urges. >>>



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News Headlines

HMA to be sold to Community Health for $3.6B

The New York Times, July 30, 2013

HHS Inspector General scrutinizes Medicare rule for observation care

Kaiser Health News, July 30, 2013

The hype over hospital rankings

The New York Times, July 29, 2013

Some medical procedures may be useless or worse

The New York Times, July 29, 2013

Healthcare workers, lawmakers rally to keep NY hospital open

NY1.com, July 29, 2013

Verdict: Walgreens must pay woman $1.44M over HIPAA violation

IndyStar.com, July 29, 2013

Nurses say St. Luke's Hospital in danger of losing its top ER facilities

New York Daily News, July 26, 2013

Parkland Memorial Hospital saw $5.3 million net loss last month

The Dallas Morning News, July 25, 2013

When doctors tell patients what they don't want to hear

The New Yorker, July 24, 2013

At too many hospitals, a revolving door

The New York Times, July 24, 2013



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