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Friday, June 12, 2009

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Bills Would Help Resolve Medicare Payment Disparities in CA, But Not Other States

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 11, 2009

Two bills introduced Thursday would revise the rules that underpay California physicians for treating Medicare patients by redefining their practices as more expensive and urban, instead of rural. Other states have disparities in physician payments because of the issue as well, but the remedy is just for California.

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Existing Databases Make Tracking Comparative Effectiveness Research Difficult

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 12, 2009

The 15-member Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research, which held its final listening session this week in Washington, heard from many healthcare providers in that session on the challenges of working effectively with data. The council will now evaluate testimony from all three of its sessions and prepare recommendations this month for the White House and Congress on where efforts for comparative effectiveness research should be focused.

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Health Information Exchange Will Allow Patients to Share Medical Information

By: Lisa Eramo, for HealthLeaders Media, June 11, 2009

Patients in Rhode Island will soon have a choice regarding whether they will allow their protected health information shared through a statewide health information exchange. The exchange will also allow their providers access to lab data and medication history.

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Bill Would No Longer Require Collaborative Agreements Between Nurse Practitioners and Physicians

By: Liz Jones, June 12, 2009

Nurse practitioners in New York State will be able to practice independently if a bill drafted by the Nurse Practitioners Association of New York passes through the state Senate. Currently, NPs in New York State are required to have written collaborative agreements with physicians. The extent of that relationship is determined by the physician and NP, and the two parties do not need to practice in the same location, explains Tom Nicotera, director of membership and public affairs at the Nurse Practitioners Association of New York.

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Double-billing Settlement Highlights Whistleblower Concerns

By: Ben Amirault, for HealthLeaders Media, June 12, 2009

Earlier this week, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey agreed to pay the federal government $2 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that it bilked Medicaid in a double-billing scheme that started in 1993 and ended in 2003, according to the Department of Justice.

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Senior Leaders Learn During Patient Safety Rounds

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, June 11, 2009

Patient safety rounds cannot only find trouble spots that leaders may not have known existed, but they also may improve the culture among staff members.

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First Healthcare Reform Bill Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, June 11, 2009

The first healthcare reform bill emerged this week, and it marks the beginning of what should be an interesting, and probably volatile, few months for the healthcare industry.

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Can We Get Around Rationing When It Comes to Comparative Effectiveness Research?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 11, 2009

The concept of "comparative effectiveness research" has been mentioned so many times during healthcare reform deliberations that some suggested that they think of a less controversial name.

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