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Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Moody's: Health Reform Will Drive Consolidation, Hinder Credit for Nonprofit Hospitals

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 15, 2010

Healthcare reform will have a long-term negative credit effect on not-for-profit hospitals, even though it will reduce bad debt expenses and charity care, Moody's Investors Service said in a new report. "The key longer-term challenge for the not-for-profit hospital sector is the reform's reliance on extracting long-term cost efficiencies from hospitals, probably resulting in diminished hospital revenues," said Moody's Vice President Mark Pascaris, author of the report.

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Cost of Medical Care Outstrips Inflation

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

The cost of hospital services, which grew by 1.1% in March and 8.6% in the last 12 months, almost quadruple the 2.3% increase in the overall Consumer Price Index for the same period, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced.

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On the Spectrum

By: Rick Johnson, for HealthLeaders Magazine, April 8, 2010

The lack of care coordination for those with autism is costly for patients and providers alike.

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Fewer Preventable Events Equal Lower Medical Malpractice Claims, Says RAND

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 15, 2010

If doctors want to reduce medical malpractice claims, they should strengthen efforts to prevent events within hospitals that cause patient harm. That's the take-home message from a five-year analysis that compared the incidence of 17 types of patient harm, called patient safety indicators or PSIs, with the number of malpractice claims filed in each of 58 California counties for years 2001 versus 2005.

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Hospital Fire Aftermath Marked by Recovery and Restoration

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2010

When hospitals think about a fire, it's often in terms of the immediate response to keep patients, staff, and visitors safe. But for a Maine hospital, the recovery phase became the real story following a recent blaze at a medical practice building.

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IOM's Nursing Workshop Pushes for Greater Nurse Involvement in Care

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 15, 2010

Overcoming challenges in nursing is essential to overcoming challenges in the healthcare system as a whole, according to a new workshop summary report released Wednesday by the Institute of Medicine. Since hospital systems and acute care settings are often "complex and chaotic," many nurses spend unnecessary time hunting for supplies, filling out paperwork, and coordinating staff time and patient care, the report found.

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U.S. Renal Care to Acquire Dialysis Corp. of America for $112M

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

U.S. Renal Care, Inc., announced that it has signed a merger agreement to acquire Dialysis Corporation of America, Inc., in a deal that both companies value at approximately $112 million.

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Why Aren't Hospitals More Concerned About Blood Safety?

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

Hospitals and their blood transfusion services are being recruited to use standardized definitions to rigorously count the number of adverse transfusion reactions in their patients.

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Three Steps to Lower Insurer Overhead Costs

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2010

Medical loss ratio restrictions may not be the best way to reduce health costs, but federal and state lawmakers are increasingly turning to legislating MLR as a way to contain expenses.

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How Tweeting and Friending Can Benefit Doctor-Patient Communication

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

Should you friend your doctor? Patients friending doctors and vice versa is more than a moral dilemma—it's a public relations one.

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