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Joint Commission Issues Suicide Alert for ER, Med/Surge

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2010

Suicide is one of the five serious events occurring in hospitals most often and nearly 25% occur in non-psychiatric settings, the commission reports. Staff in medical/surgical units and the emergency department is recommended to watch for patient suicidal behavior.

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SGR Fix Gets Cool Industry Reception

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2010

The controversial sustainable growth rate formula that is slated to ultimately cut physician payments by 25% beginning Dec. 1 may be done away with by a new deficit-trimming proposal.

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Hospital Groups Aim to Challenge ACA in Court

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

Six groups representing 5,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems have filed an amicus brief asking to join the Florida lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

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Aggressive Care for Dying Cancer Patients Futile, Study Finds

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

Many oncology patients on Medicare and with poor prognoses are receiving overly aggressive and expensive hospital procedures in the last month of life, including chemotherapy and intensive care, Dartmouth Atlas Project research concludes.

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3 Tips for Prescribing Antibiotics, CDC Offers

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2010

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched an educational campaign encouraging physicians to avoid prescribing antibiotics for resistant strains. To prevent inappropriate antibiotic prescribing, they recommend these three tips.

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The Physician's Place in the ACO

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, November 15, 2010

Development of accountable care organizations may be critical to holding down costs and improving quality. But how will doctors' roles change?

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Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions

By: November 15, 2010

Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat.

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Rural Doc Settles Federal Charges

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2010

A physician and professor known for his expertise in rural healthcare has agreed to leave the Veterans Administration and will receive a settlement in excess of $469,000 following his acquittal last month of federal charges that he violated conflict-of-interest laws.

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Five Questions About Community Engagement

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2010

I recently talked to Breakell and asked her to share her thoughts on her new position and the growing significance of community engagement in the current healthcare environment.

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Health Insurers, Are you Prepared for a Rainy Day?

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, November 17, 2010

It's good to be in the healthcare industry.  And lately it's been particularly good to be a health insurer. Financial conditions have been favorable, but what goes up must come down and health plans are now bracing for the latter after a good summer run.

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