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Doctors Sue HHS, CMS Over 'Secretive' Payment Committee

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2011

Six primary care physicians from Georgia have filed a lawsuit against the federal government, claiming that a committee that recommends reimbursement rates for Medicare procedures and services is skewed toward medical specialists.

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OCR: Walgreens HIPAA Investigation Continues

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2011

An Office for Civil Rights investigation into the nation's largest drugstore chain for potential HIPAA violations is still underway, one year after two of the retailer's competitors agreed to large settlements with the federal agency.

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Skin Infections Linked to Tattoo Ink

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2011

Doctors and hospitals who treat difficult chronic skin infections should be aware of tattoos on patients, because contaminated tap water mixed with tattoo ink can lead to infection, Seattle researchers find.

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Rise in CT Use in ED Curbs Admissions, Transfers

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2011

The use of computerized tomography increased during emergency department visits from 3.2% to 13.9% between 1996 and 2007. In the meantime, the adjusted rate of hospitalization or transfer after a scan decreased from 26% in 1996 to 12.1% in 2007, or by about half, researchers say.

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Growth in Antidepressant Prescriptions a $10B Paradox

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2011

One in ten prescriptions written by primary care physicians is for an antidepressant. But as the scope for these drugs widens to include ailments outside the bounds of clinical efficacy, are the patients who really need these drugs getting them?

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Show, Don't Tell Patient Experience

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2011

Jacksonville Medical Center is ranked in the 99th percentile for patient satisfaction, but drawing patient volume from larger hospitals remains a challenge, leaders say. The marketing solution: Showing instead of telling the community why JMC has top patient experience scores.

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HIEs Deliver Savings to Rural Hospitals

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2011

Participants in one rural health information exchange spend approximately 2% of their budget on health IT infrastructure compared to the national average of 3% or more, a report from the National eHealth Collaborative says.

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Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.


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Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates

By: August 10, 2011

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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