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Smartphone Apps Liberating Clinicians, Improving Quality

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Magazine, February 4, 2010

Smartphone applications are liberating clinicians and administrators and improving quality all at the same time.

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New Jersey Launches Web Portal to Reduce Health Plan Paperwork

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, February 12, 2010

Health plans launched an initiative in New Jersey in which Web portals will be used in a pilot program that officials say will make health delivery easier for patients and physicians by reducing paperwork for each patient visit.

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Sebelius Fires Back at Anthem Blue Cross About Proposed Rate Hikes

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, February 12, 2010

In a back-and-forth with officials of Anthem Blue Cross' parent company WellPoint over the company's proposed rate hikes in California, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday said the company's proposal remains perplexing.

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Hospitals Focus on Training Staff Members, Engaging Patients About Safety Issues

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, February 12, 2010

The National Patient Safety Foundation has sponsored Patient Safety Awareness Week since 2002 as a means of making caregivers, other hospital staff, and community members more aware of patient safety issues. This year, facilities across the country are using the opportunity to educate and involve their staff and patients.

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BCBSNC Pays $95K Fine for Illegal Robo Calls

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 12, 2010

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina's robo calls that urged members to oppose healthcare reform will cost the insurer $95,000 in fines, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has announced.

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Psychiatric Association Recommends Autism Category for Manual

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

New changes are in the works for the fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is sometimes referred to as the "psychiatrist's bible." The American Psychiatric Association (APA), which publishes the manual, placed a draft of the publication online this week and will seek comments on the draft through April 20.

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CVS to Pay $1.95M for Using Pharmacists with Expired Licenses

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 11, 2010

CVS/pharmacy has reportedly agreed to pay Indiana $1.95 million to settle complaints that two pharmacists with long-expired licenses had dispensed more than 60,000 prescriptions at two stores, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced.

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Quality Systems Inc. Acquires Opus Healthcare Solutions

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 11, 2010

Healthcare IT systems provider Quality Systems Inc., of Irvine, CA, announced it will acquire inpatient services software developer Opus Healthcare Solutions, Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed in a media release announcing the deal.

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The Pressures on Physician Decision-Making

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, February 11, 2010

To get a better idea of which pressures influence physician decisions the most, we asked physician leaders about them as part of the 2010 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey.

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Quality Challenges from Within: Findings from the HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2010

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

In our HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2010, quality leaders again ranked the category "quality/patient safety" as their organization's No. 1 priority this year—just like in the previous year.

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A Look at Physician Decision-Making

By: February 11, 2010

AMA President J. James Rohack, MD, talks about the 2010 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey and the pressures on physicians.

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