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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Radiology Groups: Recommended Mammogram Guidelines Will Increase Breast Cancer Deaths

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2009

Angry radiology groups are blasting a government panel's recommendations that women ages 40 to 49 forego annual screening mammograms and that women between age 50 and 74 should have screening mammograms only once every other year rather than annually.

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Hospital CEOs Question Whether There are Enough Clinicians if Reform Passes

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2009

A majority of hospital chief executive officers say they don't have enough physicians, nurses or allied health professionals to handle increased demand if health reform improves access, according to a survey released by AMN Healthcare.

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Senate Leaders Seek 60 Votes to Start Reform Debate

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2009

As of Monday, no Congressional Budget Office cost numbers for the Senate healthcare reform bill had been released. However, even without those CBO numbers, activity behind the scenes on the Senate side appears to show that no one is complacently waiting for the Thanksgiving break to roll around, especially Democrats.

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Five Ways to Prevent Patient Information Breaches

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, November 16, 2009

Here are five tips for how to protect your organization against a breach of health information.

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New Wisconsin Medical Center Will Provide Coordinated Care, Integrated EHRs

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2009

Aurora Health Care's new 110-bed Aurora Medical Center in the town of Summit, WI, will include coordinated care featuring an integrated electronic health record.

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CDC: More Than 20% of American Adults Smoke

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

Despite high taxes, an advertising ban, a tsunami of medical evidence, more than $200 billion in tobacco settlement money for smoking secession programs, and the pariah status of public smokers, one-fifth of U.S. adults still light up, according to new CDC data.

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Star Wars Wisdom Applies to Charity Care

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, November 16, 2009

Is it an insidious coincidence that 67% of patients want more transparency and 67% didn't know about charity care?

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Hospital Recovery Appears V-shaped

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

A rich vein of raw data, reports, and surveys released over the last several weeks give us a good idea of how difficult 2008 was, but also suggest that hospitals are now operating on the upward side of the recession.

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