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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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HHS Pledges $46 Million to States for Health Insurance Price Monitoring

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2010

Forty-five states and the District of Columbia will each get $1 million in federal funds to monitor proposed health insurance premium hikes in their jurisdictions, and take action against unreasonable increases, the Department of Health and Human Services announced this week.

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1 in 2 Catheter-Linked UTIs Avoidable, Study Says

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2010

Routinely prompting physicians or nurses to remove unnecessary urinary catheters can halve the rate of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, researchers say.

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Data Security Breach Bill Calls for Strict Notification

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2010

Under the proposed Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2010, healthcare entities would be in the clear so long as they complied with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act.

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Mayo Advocates Social Security Tax Exemptions for Residents

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2010

In a case pending before the court, the American hospital Association has urged the Supreme Court to reverse an Internal Revenue Service rule addressing whether medical residents qualify as students for purposes of receiving exemptions from Social Security taxes.

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99% of CA UTIs Incorrectly Coded, Study Says

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2010

Accurately recording hospital-acquired catheter-associated urinary tract infections requires a complicated three-step process that is seldom completed, researchers say.

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Minnesota Nurses Union Urges Members to Reject Contract Offer

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2010

After months of bargaining with no agreement, the Minnesota Nurses Association has asked more than 900 members to turn out Wednesday to reject a contract offer from SMDC Medical Center in Duluth, and vote for a one-day walkout instead.

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Hospital CFOs as Quality Leaders

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, August 16, 2010

When Paul Weygandt was presenting to a room full of hospital CFOs about the potential ramifications of the not-yet-passed healthcare reform legislation last year, he asked for a show of hands of how many in the room were involved in their organization’s clinical quality program. Not many went up.

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Jet Blue Flight Attendant Rage Resonates With Workers

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

By now—unless you've been prospecting for zinc in Siberia—you've probably read and heard about Steven Slater and his dramatic last day at work.

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