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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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Obama Plans to Sign Executive Order to Target Medicare Waste, Fraud

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2009

More than $98 billion in taxpayer money spent by government agencies was wasted in fiscal 2009—with nearly half of it ($54 billion) coming from improper payments related to Medicare fee-for-service, Medicaid, and Medicare Advantage, according to government findings released Tuesday night by the White House. President Obama is expected to sign an executive order within the week that will focus on eliminating government waste and fraud, particularly in Medicare and other benefit programs.

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RAC Preparations Well Under Way Despite Budget Issues

By: Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2009

Budgets are tight, but it seems that many healthcare providers are aware that setting aside resources to prepare for RAC audits is non-negotiable.

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Four Steps to Manage Patient Information Breaches

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2009

Your facility has a breach of unsecure PHI. What do you do? In addition to following requirements spelled out in HHS' interim final rule on breach notification, consider these four tips for handling the breach.

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Joint Commission, HHS Stress Importance of Healthcare Communication

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2009

The Joint Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services last week released a 30-minute series of videos titled Improving Patient-Provider Communication. The videos, designed for organizations and healthcare providers, spell out what is required by The Joint Commission and by federal law in terms of effective communication and language access, and how the intent of the law can be met.

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Retail Clinic Market Showing Signs of Growth

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2009

Despite the slow economy, the number of healthcare retail clinics has increased about 15% during the past two years, according to a new report released by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. And more of these clinics are beginning to ally themselves with established healthcare organizations. The current growth rate pales in comparison to when the retail clinical market rocketed to a 350% increase in 2007.

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Don't Overlook Resident Training on the National Patient Safety Goals

By: Julie McCoy, November 17, 2009

The Joint Commission's 2010 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) will take effect January 1, which begs the question: What is your plan for training residents on the NPSGs?

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Why Do Some Hospitals Successfully Implement EHRs and Others Fail?

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2009

There are pieces of advice I hear repeatedly when talking with technology executives about implementing electronic health records and why some organizations are successful whereas others struggle.

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Nursing Department Improves Quality and Patient Satisfaction With Culture Change

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2009

Faced with low patient satisfaction rates, high turnover, and the reality of an organization that was losing market share, nurses at The University of Kansas Hospital set out to change the culture of the department.

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