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Hospital CIOs: EHR Carrot Too Small, Stick Too Big

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 16, 2009

A new survey of hospital CIOs finds that the federal government's $36 billion "carrot" of financial reimbursements to install electronic health records won't be nearly as powerful an incentive as the "stick" of reduced Medicare reimbursements if they don't.

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When Patients Finally Get Care They Postponed, Might It Come Too Late?

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 16, 2009

With so many patients deferring routine screening or medical attention for their aches and pains, will it eventually be more difficult to deliver appropriate care, or too late?

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Many Hospitals Still Falling Short in Reaching Patient Safety Goals

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 16, 2009

While more hospitals are making progress in incorporating measures to prevent medical errors, they still have a long way to go to better ensure patient safety using tested methods, according to a new report released by The Leapfrog Group.

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CMS Urged to Withdraw Physician Supervision Policy

By: Bryn Evans, April 17, 2009

A group of 12 healthcare organizations, including the American Hospital Association, has urged CMS to withdraw or delay the recent policy change regarding physician supervision of hospital outpatient services, according to an April 15 article on the AHA's Web site, AHA News Now. The organizations recommended that CMS suspend enforcement of the policy until the agency can address all related concerns.

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Wide Pay Gap Between Medical Directors in Hospital-Owned v Nonhospital-Owned Facilities

By: Liz Jones, April 17, 2009

Medical directors working in nonhospital-owned group practices receive higher compensation than their counterparts working in hospital-owned group practices, according to a recent study conducted by the Medical Group Management Association.

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CMS Clarifies Oversight of HCAHPS in 2009, Releases Updated Scores

By: Heather Comak, April 16, 2009

CMS released its fifth quarterly update of patient satisfaction data late last month, one year after the first Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores from hospitals that participated in the pilot test were made available to the public. This time around, scores from all hospitals that receive reimbursement through the inpatient prospective payment system have been included.

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FTC Chairman Appoints Senior Staff

By: April 16, 2009

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz has named six senior staff members with backgrounds in the private sector, in the public advocacy, academia, and government.

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