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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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MedAssets to Pay $850M to Acquire Broadlane Group

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

The Broadlane Group serves more than 1,100 acute care hospitals and 50,000 non-acute care facilities nationwide. Supply chain management company MedAssets serves more than 3,300 hospitals and 40,000 non-acute healthcare providers.

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NAIC: Health Reform Provisions Unclear to Most Americans

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

When asked to choose from four dates for which the first healthcare reform provisions officially take effect, only 14% of consumers correctly identified Sept. 23, 2010, a survey by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners found.

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Hospitals Move to Tighten Data Privacy

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2010

Snooping on patient data by hospital employees keeps making headlines. Some facilities are using honeypots--fictitious medical records--to nab HIPAA violators.

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Insurers Try Incentives to Improve Medication Adherence

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2010

For the millions of adults who don't regularly take their medicine as prescribed by their doctors, insurers and others in the healthcare industry are trying to figure out what incentives may improve medication adherence and, in the long run, improve quality and reduce costs.

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Rethinking the Future of Outpatient Chronic Care

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

With a burgeoning patient population and a continuing physician shortage, a new model of care is considered. 

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Nurses Say They Need A Break; Why Leadership Should Listen

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

There has been a spate of news articles in the last few months about nurse protests and threats of strikes. A frayed work environment lies at the heart of many of these confrontations, with a workforce that feels it is stretched too thin. Nurses are speaking up about overwork and short staffing and the effect they feel it has on patient care.

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Money is Mobile Health’s Biggest Obstacle

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

Roughly half of patients surveyed said they would buy mobile technology for their health.  But they don't want to pay more than $10 a month for it. And with little or no evidence that mobile health improves quality and reduce costs, insurers aren't opening their wallets.

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