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Friday, July 16, 2010

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HHS Addresses Privacy, Security Concerns in EHR Program

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, July 16, 2010

Through its technology standards final rule, HHS addresses privacy and security concerns by requiring organizations to perform risk analyses and correct security deficiencies.

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FCC Proposal Would Expand Broadband to Rural Healthcare Providers

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

The Federal Communications Commission Thursday proposed new rules for allocating $400 million to improve Internet connectivity in rural health providers.

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Chicago Back Pain Center Aims to Avoid Surgery

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

With bundled payments on the horizon and more seniors and others with back pain complaints, Chicago's Swedish Covenant Hospital has invested $2.5 million in a center to treat just this kind of complaint—in a comprehensive kind of way.

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1 in 3 Physicians Balk at Reporting Incompetent Colleagues

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

Nearly a third of physicians of responding to a nationwide survey said they would not report other physicians who were "significantly impaired or otherwise incompetent to practice" because of such factors as mental disorders or substance abuse, study says.

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A Doctor's Vanishing Dream

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

TV and movies have often focused on physicians, but with barely a glimmer of reality attached. To give his perspective, Ryan Flesher, MD, spent four years directing a documentary, "The Vanishing Oath" which explores the underbelly of a doctor's lot: billing codes, malpractice, their feelings about patients, and patients' feelings about them.

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National Database Needed for HAI Tracking

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

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week expanded its popular Hospital Compare website to include outpatient data related to areas such as hospital 30 day mortality rates and 30-day readmission rates for patients with heart failure, heart attacks, and pneumonia. But one critical data point is still missing: the rate of healthcare-associated infections occurring in hospitals.

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