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Friday, June 11, 2010


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Six Major Patient Record Breaches Draw $675,000 In Penalties

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

Under a law passed after breaches of celebrity medical records, such as those of the late actress Farrah Fawcett, health officials yesterday levied six fines totaling $675,000 against five California hospitals where employees and others gained unauthorized access to sensitive information in patients' electronic medical records. State officials did not name any of the patients involved, but one of them was said to be Michael Jackson, whose records were reportedly accessed illegally at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after his death.

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Kaiser Study Shows Reduction in Fatal and Non-Fatal Heart Attacks with Preventive Care

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 10, 2010

In what is the biggest study of its kind, Kaiser Permanente researchers say their ability to reduce and control enrollees' cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol levels and blood pressure has led to a decrease in the worst kind of heart attack.

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Doc Payment Fix Down to the Wire Again

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

The Senate left for the weekend yesterday—leaving behind the jobs bill (HR 4213) that includes the "doc fix" amendment introduced earlier in the week to postpone a 21% cut in Medicare and TRICARE for the next 19 months. But when they return on Monday, senators may take under consideration another amendment that calls for a longer period to postpone payment cuts.

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Five Variations in Payment Reform Can Impact Physicians

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

As physicians evaluate new payment options under healthcare reform, they should look at the new building blocks holding up the future economic structures. This can help in working with new healthcare delivery "pathways" such as accountable care organizations, payment bundling, patient medical homes, and gainsharing, according to a new American Medical Association white paper released Thursday.

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Doctors Caught Cheating on ABIM Certification Exam

By: Liz Jones, June 10, 2010

One hundred thirty-nine physicians have had their status with the American Board of Internal Medicine suspended or revoked as a result of cheating on their board certification exams.

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Generating Real Value Out of Core Measures Data

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, June 10, 2010

Collecting core measures data is a part of everyday life at most healthcare facilities, affecting various types of staff members and CMS reimbursement. Assessing whether your facility is managing those data well and using the information contained in your core measures data is vital to improvement.

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A Night At the ER

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, June 10, 2010

Sandra Schneider, MD, president-elect of the ACPE, discusses ER care, and her criticism of a recent report that says in Upstate New York, two out of five non-overnight visits to hospital EDs are unnecessary.

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Getting Past the Complexity

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

Transforming quality senior care from a cost center to a profit center is not just possible, it is essential.

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