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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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HITECH, HIPAA Rules to Launch Simultaneously in 2011

By: Dom Nicastro for HealthLeaders Media, December 14, 2010

A senior official with the Office for Civil Rights said Tuesday that the HIPAA privacy and security rule enforcer plans to release final rules regarding HITECH and HIPAA in 2011.

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HIT Privacy, Security Guidelines for Feds Released

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, December 14, 2010

Top government agencies should facilitate secure adoption of electronic health records by monitoring the nation's IT progress, redirecting the focus of meaningful use, and creating a universal exchange, health information technology advisors to the White House have announced.

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5 CFO-Friendly Pediatric Care Strategies

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, December 13, 2010

Minimally invasive surgical practices and specialty services in pediatric care are becoming key niche programs for hospitals to reach improved patient outcomes as well as satisfactory hospital fiscal bottom lines.

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PacifiCare Blocked from Paying $120 Million in Dividends

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

California's insurance commissioner on Monday blocked PacifiCare Life & Health Insurance Co., a major California health plan, from paying its parent company UnitedHealth Group $120 million in a dividend, saying the money may be needed to pay penalties ordered by the state.

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IOM's Long Road to Reform Nursing Begins

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, December 14, 2010

In October, the Institute of Medicine released a landmark report outlining how nurses are crucial to meeting the country's healthcare needs. The report says that to handle the increasing complexity of care and greater responsibilities, nurses will need higher levels of education and training. Now, the Institute is taking the first steps toward making that happen.

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Quality Improvement: Join the Club

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, December 14, 2010

Improving quality in healthcare can't be done by wagging fingers and issuing edicts. I like the idea of quality improvement as a big tent, with lots of different people underneath it using lots of different methods and technologies to make healthcare better.

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Webcast: Primary Care for Better Outcomes, Value, and Coordination

By: December 15, 2010

Given the shortage of primary care physicians and the increasingly competitive physician market, you need both proven best-practice strategies and innovative new ideas to recruit, retain, and align your primary care physicians. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 25, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to develop primary care networks that improve outcomes and care coordination for your community.

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New Intelligence Report: Reform Readiness

By: December 15, 2010

As the healthcare industry prepares for fundamental change under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report reveals that 60% of healthcare leaders say neither the quality nor the efficiency of healthcare at their organization will get any better under healthcare reform. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis at

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