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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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FDA Calls for Reducing Unnecessary Radiation Exposure from Three Devices

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, February 9, 2010

A new three-pronged initiative to reduce unnecessary radiation exposure from three types of medical imaging procedures—computed tomography, nuclear medicine studies, and fluoroscopy—was announced by the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday.

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Half of Nurses Plan Career Change, Says Survey

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, February 9, 2010

AMN Healthcare's 2010 Survey of Registered Nurses found that almost half of all nurses plan to make a career change over the next three years, and that more than one-third of the respondents experience job dissatisfaction. Plus, a majority of nurses said they believe that the quality of care that nurses provide today has declined compared to when they started in nursing.

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AHIP: Hospital Consolidation is Driving Health Costs

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, February 9, 2010

When the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office released a recent report sharply critical of the state's healthcare costs, one of the office's most often used words was "driver"—referring to hidden forces steering potentially out of control expenses. What's to blame? Health insurers' major lobby in Washington is pointing to hospital consolidation as an often ignored reason for the soaring price of healthcare.

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Patients Stealing $52M Worth of Items from Hospitals, Says Survey

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 10, 2010

Hospital patients, their families, and visitors may be stealing about $52 million in property each year from hospital rooms, including towels, linens, TV remotes, surgical scrubs, and even telephones, according to figures extrapolated from a recent survey. The survey, conducted by the Irving, TX-based healthcare supply chain network VHA Inc., found that 64% of the nearly 100 hospitals that responded reported that patients and/or their families and visitors pilfered hospital property.

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Joint Commission Issues Interim Staffing Effectiveness Standards

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, February 10, 2010

Originally introduced by The Joint Commission in July 2002, staffing effectiveness is the appropriate level of nurse staffing that will provide for the best possible outcome of individual patients throughout a particular facility. When first introduced, hospitals were required to track two human resource indicators and two patient outcome indicators, track data, and determine the variation in performance caused by the number, skill mix, or competency of staff.

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Obama Wants to Solve Childhood Obesity Problem Within a Generation

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, February 9, 2010

President Obama rolled out his plan to combat childhood obesity and signed a presidential memorandum that creates a task force to tackle the issue. The administration hopes to "solve the problem" of obesity within a generation.

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Four Ways to Properly Store Vaccines

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, February 10, 2010

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD—with funding assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—recently completed the first of a series of tests to find out the best practices for properly storing and monitoring refrigerated vaccines. These initial findings will be included in a CDC training video and report scheduled for July.

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IMS Health Shareholders Approve Acquisition

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 10, 2010

Shareholders of pharmaceutical and healthcare consultants IMS Health have approved the previously announced acquisition by TPG Capital, LP, and the CPP Investment Board, in a deal valued at $5.2 billion, IMS Health announced this week. The agreement was unanimously approved by the IMS board in early November. Under the agreement, IMS shareholders will receive $22 cash for each share of IMS common stock they own.

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Does Anybody Care About HIPAA Anymore?

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, February 9, 2010

Even with beefed-up rules, these days HIPAA just doesn't seem to be that big a priority—to anyone.

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Nurse Whistleblower Case Sets Dangerous Precedent

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, February 9, 2010

The ANA's Code of Ethics requires nurses to advocate for and protect the health, safety, and rights of patients. Which is what Anne Mitchell, RN, says she was doing when she sent a letter to the Texas Medical Board last year.

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