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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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New Hampshire AG Reviews CEO Salaries at Nonprofit Hospitals

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2010

Executives at nonprofit hospitals in New Hampshire are defending their compensation packages after the state Attorney General announced a plan to review hospital CEO salaries in the state.

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New MRSA Survey Seeks Updates on Trends, Tactics in Infection Control

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

How big of a threat is MRSA to hospital infection control? That's one question that APIC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, hopes to answer with its survey of acute care facilities, the first attempted since 2006. The deadline for participation is Aug. 1.

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MedPAC Cites Concerns with GME Structure, Urges Focus on Out-of-Hospital Settings

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 16, 2010

Today's graduate medical education system needs to do more to prepare physicians to make a mark on delivery and payment system reform and to increase the value of healthcare, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) suggests in its 2010 Report to the Congress: Aligning Incentives to Medicare released Tuesday. "The Commission does think that the current graduate medical education system produces superb physicians . . . but that there are concerns with the current structure," said MedPAC Executive Director Mark Miller, PhD, at a briefing.

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Hospital Seeks To Terminate Five Hospital Workers For Privacy Breaches on Social Media

By: Cheryl Clark and Sara Kearns, June 16, 2010

Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, CA, last week said it has moved to terminate five employees and has disciplined a sixth for using "social media to post their personal discussions concerning hospital patients." Hospital officials became suspicious earlier this year that a breach of patient privacy may have occurred on Facebook and launched an investigation but said that as yet it has found no evidence that patient names, photographs, or other information was posted on the site. Tri-City also has not specified the information these six employees allegedly shared on the website.

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Hospital Sends Letters to 3,400 Patients About Possible Endoscopic Equipment Contamination

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

A Southern California hospital says it has sent certified letters to 3,400 patients treated since Dec. 1, 2008 suggesting that they should consider returning for free tests for infection because endoscopic equipment used in their care may not have been properly disinfected. "The 3,400 patients were identified and each received a certified letter," says Andy Hoang, spokesman for Palomar Pomerado Health System, a public hospital district based in Escondido and Poway.

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NY/NJ Pediatric Surgeon Named AMA President-elect

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

Peter W. Carmel, MD, a pediatric neurosurgeon from New York City, was named president-elect of the American Medical Association today, and will become AMA president in June 2011. Carmel, who practices in Newark, NJ, is the chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the New Jersey Medical School and co-medical director of the Neurological Institute of New Jersey.

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State Alliance: Proposed HITECH Regulations Coming in Two Weeks

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

OCR will release proposed rules later this month on most of the HIPAA privacy and security-related provisions in HITECH, according to the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance.

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Five Healthcare Technologies to Improve Quality and Patient Safety

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2010

Here are a few cool healthcare technologies that hospitals are using to reduce hospital-acquired infections and help clinicians practice safer medicine.

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Seven Strategies to Reduce Nurse Burnout

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2010

In some offices, the summer is a slow period. Not in hospitals. Patients get sick year round and nurses don't get a respite from stress, as I was reminded when two recent studies caught my eye.

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Join the HealthLeaders Media Council

By: June 14, 2010

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