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Thursday, October 14, 2010


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DOJ Indicts 73 in Massive Medicare Fraud Case

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 14, 2010

The defendants allegedly stole the identities of doctors and thousands of Medicare beneficiaries and operated at least 118 different phony clinics in 25 states that submitted bogus Medicare reimbursement claims, say law enforcement officials, who made 52 arrests Wednesday.

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CA Court Rejects Nurse Anesthetists Supervision Petition

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 14, 2010

A California Superior Court judge has rejected a petition filed by two medical groups who say that allowing unsupervised advanced practice nurses to administer anesthesia puts patients at risk.

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Your Move: Hospitals are Predicting, Adapting to Change

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2010

The business of healthcare is about to change--are you ready?

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Reducing In-Hospital Patient Falls

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2010

There is no single solution to in-hospital falls. Providers are finding some success through installing alarms, designing rooms with bathrooms closer to the bed, targeting the timing of certain medication administration, and regularly updating fall-risk assessments. Other hospitals are joining collaboratives or reviewing other processes of care to reduce risk.

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Lead Transformation: Accelerate Value, Quality, and Coordination

By: October 7, 2010

Join us October 21, live or virtually, for this complimentary, exclusive half-day leadership event that will bring leaders from top healthcare organizations to explore real paths to take today toward accountable care structures and define what medical home and patient-centered care mean for your healthcare organization. Recognized leaders and peer experts will be featured from: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Columbus Regional Hospital, Baptist Health System, Chenango Memorial Hospital, Network Health, Crystal Run Healthcare, Moffitt Cancer Center, Novant Health, and GE Healthcare, Americas. This event takes place October 21, 8:30 am—12:30 pm (CST) at The Fairmont in Dallas, Texas. To register call 800/753-0131 or click here.

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5 Hospital CEOs Who Get It

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2010

Here's a look at five chief executives who are going beyond the call of duty to improve patient and employee satisfaction.

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The Rural Network that Could

By: Cora Nucci, October 13, 2010

Planning for and implementing an electronic health records system is a daunting task for any hospital or healthcare system. But when a network of seven critical access hospitals in northern Iowa launched its system in 2008 it became the country's first rural integrated EHR. Now the CIO is sharing details of how he and his team got the job done.

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Secrets of the Top Private Health Insurers

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2010

Behind the National Committee for Quality Assurance's annual rankings are some little-known facts about the leadership and origins of the nation's top private health insurance plans.

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