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Friday, April 16, 2010

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Congress Holds Off Doc Pay Cut Through May 31

By: Janice Simmons and Cheryl Clark, April 16, 2010

Congress approved legislation on Thursday night that delays the looming 21% physician cut in Medicare reimbursements that had been in effect since April 1. The legislation extends the new period through May 31. The House voted 289 to 112 to enact the bill that included the provision to postpone, at least temporarily, a reduction in physician payments mandated by the sustainable growth rate formula.

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HITECH Regulations May Come Soon — or Four Months from Now

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

Proposed HIPAA Privacy Rule regulations could be published in the Federal Register within the next 120 days after the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) sent for review this week regulations per HITECH requirements to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), according to privacy and security experts.

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Is Comparative Effectiveness Cost-Effective?

By: April 8, 2010

The benefits will come, but an investment in EHR and standardization of protocols are needed.

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Technology Fears, Privacy Breaches Remain Barriers for EHR Use

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 16, 2010

Even as healthcare providers and the federal government shell out billions to install health information technology systems, such as electronic medical records, many Americans have no idea what they are or how such computerization can benefit their care, according to a survey by Lake Research Partners for the California Healthcare Foundation. The survey asked 56 questions to a representative sample of 1,849 adults across the country between Dec. 18 and Jan. 15.

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Nurses Take Aim at Stereotypes, Mariah Carey Video

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, April 15, 2010

For years, nurses have been fighting an uphill battle to change the way the public views them as professionals. With television shows like Nurse Jackie, Grey's Anatomy, and Mercy each portraying nurses in a different light, it's no wonder the public's view of nurses is skewed. But nurses are trying to break the stereotypes.

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Valley Baptist, Knapp Medical Explore Nonprofit Health System for South Texas

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 16, 2010

Trustees at Harlingen, TX-based Valley Baptist Health System and Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, TX, have signed a memorandum of understanding to create a new nonprofit health system for the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas. The deal is expected to be finalized by summer, the healthcare providers said in a joint statement.

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PHC Holdings of Florida Buys Citrus Health Care

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

PHC Holdings of Florida, which manages Medicare Advantage plan company Physicians Health Choice of Florida, has acquired Citrus Health Care, the company announced. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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A Doctor's IT Prescription

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, April 15, 2010

David Blumenthal, MD, spoke a few weeks ago to members of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative about how he was forced by peer pressure to embrace technology and for that, he's a better physician.

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Five Barriers to Post-Reform Efficiency

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

Many would agree that there's a lot of interest in making the transition to accountable care. But is the healthcare industry ready to make that transition?

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