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Monday, October 12, 2009

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Adding Tort Reform to Healthcare Reform Could Lower Costs

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

In response to a query from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, CBO said in a letter from CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf that tort reform could affect costs for healthcare both directly (by 0.2%) through lowering premiums for medical liability insurance, and indirectly (by 0.3%) by reducing the use of diagnostic tests and other healthcare services.

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Cedars-Sinai Under Investigation for CT Radiation Overexposure to 206 Patients

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 12, 2009

The 206 people who received "significant" overdoses of radiation eight times above expected levels were undergoing CT scans for detection of stroke at Cedars -Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, federal and hospital officials confirmed on Friday. The incidents, which may have occurred over an 18-month period starting in February 2008, is under investigation by California public health officials and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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From MGMA: Ezekiel Emanuel calls for high-touch healthcare

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, October 12, 2009

Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, didn't mention any of the controversy from the heated political debates of August as he delivered an opening address at the MGMA annual conference in Denver on Sunday. Instead, he presented his vision for achieving what he called the "holy grail" in healthcare: Improving quality, lowering costs, and expanding coverage.

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Congressmen Want HIPAA Harm Threshold Eliminated

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, October 9, 2009

Six members of the House of Representatives signed a letter written to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that urges HHS to repeal or revise the harm standard provision in HHS' interim final rule on breach notification.

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Hospital Reduces Infection Rates Quickly

By: Evan Sweeney, for HealthLeaders Media, October 9, 2009

After learning about the above-average hospital-acquired infection rates, SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY, kick-started a fast-paced improvement program to reduce central line infections in all ICUs throughout the facility.

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NQF Honors Patient Safety and Quality Leaders

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, October 12, 2009

The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum recently announced the 2009 winners of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality award, recognizing five honorees. "This year's winners represent the best of what is possible in improving the safety and quality of healthcare," says Janet Corrigan, PhD, MBA, president and CEO of the National Quality Forum.

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New Breed of Hospital CEO Takes on Waste, Outcomes

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, October 9, 2009

Given the tenor of the healthcare debate, it seems that many think of hospitals as a big part of the problem of increasing healthcare costs. As CEO, you're in charge of that perception, right or wrong.

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