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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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NAIC Urges Caution in HIX Regulations

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 2011

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is urging the federal government to avoid creating regulatory loopholes for health insurance exchanges that could give multistate plans significant advantages over their smaller, in-state competitors.

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Medicare Proposes Alcohol, Depression Screening Rules

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 2011

Screening of Medicare beneficiaries for depression and alcohol misuse is necessary for the prevention of illness and disability, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Nurse Education Key to Scope-of-Care Debate

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2011

The nursing profession is in an upheaval. Nurses want more opportunities to learn alongside doctors. But there is tension between nursing leadership and some physician groups over the scope of what advanced practice nurses, including nurse practitioners, should be allowed to do.

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OCR Unveils HIPAA Hotspots

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 2011

A former privacy advisor at The Office for Civil Rights discusses the agency's top HIPAA privacy and security compliance areas of interest.

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Foam Mattresses May Reduce Pressure Ulcers, Hospital Costs

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 2011

Hospitals that invest in pressure-redistribution foam mattresses in the emergency department could save money in the long run by reducing the burden of pressure ulcers among elderly patients, according to a study in Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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What the Debt Ceiling Crisis Means to Healthcare

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2011

It's no secret that the debt ceiling crisis is worrisome for healthcare. In blunt terms, Medicare reimbursements to physicians and hospitals stand to be eviscerated.

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Environmental Staff Cuts Expose HAI Risk

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 15, 2011

Cuts to environmental services – maids, janitors, and other cleaning staff – are leaving hospitals vulnerable to hospital-acquired infections. Human resources can help by lifting the profile of cleaning staff with other hospital employees.

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Webcast: Quantify & Cultivate Patient Engagement

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 22, 2011
About: More than just a buzzword, patient experience has become the quintessential objective in our healthcare climate. Fortunately, the thriving world of social media offers proven pathways to not only create patient engagement, but actually build community around your organization. Learn how Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital consistently scores above the 90th percentile in patient satisfaction using social media tools and metrics.


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Webcast: Slash Your Readmission Rates

By: August 10, 2011

Date: September 16, 2011
About: With 20% of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries discharged from a hospital readmitted within 30 days, Baylor Heart and Vascular Center in Dallas, which boasts one of the lowest readmission rates nationwide (17.3%), and Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, which cut its readmission rate from the nation’s second-highest (32.4%) to 15%, share strategies to help you reduce your readmission rates.


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