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Wednesday, August 11, 2010


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Hospital MRSA Infection Rates Plunge 28%

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2010

Invasive, hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections decreased "dramatically and significantly" by 9.4% per year from 2005 to 2008 a Journal of the American Medical Association report says.

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$26 Billion FMAP Extension Bill Signed into Law

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2010

President Obama signed into law Tuesday a bill that extends through June 2011 Medicaid's temporary enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage. FMAP helps financially strapped states pay for additional Medicaid coverage under the economic stimulus package.

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Bill Seeks EHR Incentives for Mental Health Facilities

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2010

Mental health facilities originally excluded from receiving financial incentives for electronic health record adoption would be eligible under a bill introduced in the senate.

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Assisted Living Average Cost $90K Per Year

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2010

A survey of more 4,000 nursing homes and assisted living facilities finds that average boarding costs for seniors varies widely according to region and whether caregivers are Medicare-certified or not.

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Top 10 Most Costly, Frequent Medical Errors

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2010

Avoidable medical errors added $19.5 billion to the nation's healthcare bill in 2008, a claims-based estimate released this week shows. Here are the 10 most expensive and 10 most frequent errors in healthcare settings.

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Has the Nursing Shortage Disappeared?

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2010

It's that time of year again. Graduating nursing students are preparing to take the NCLEX and are looking for their first jobs. This year, many are finding those first jobs in short supply.

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5 Big Advances in Small Clinical Technology

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2010

From a tiny eye telescope to microscopic health data on the surface of contact lenses to advances in cancer treatments, medical devices continue to get smaller and smaller. And the smallest of the small fields—nanotechnology—is expected to get bigger (so to speak) over the coming years.

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