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Thursday, August 19, 2010


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CMS: 2011 Medicare Prescription Premiums Stable

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 19, 2010

Based on bids that were submitted by plan sponsors, the average 2011 Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) premiums will have nearly the same rates that beneficiaries are paying this year, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Wednesday.

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MGMA: Salaries Slow, Responsibilities Rise

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 19, 2010

Compensation for practice management administrators held steady or saw only modest gains in 2009, Medical Group Management Association survey finds.

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Statewide HIE Announced in NC

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 19, 2010

North Carolina hospital and physician leaders have announced plans to create NCHEX, a healthcare information exchange network that will allow physicians to create a continuity of care record for each patient, including clinical information from all of the providers in the exchange.

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Hospital MRSA Prevention Policies Widespread, Varied

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 19, 2010

While hospitals in the U.S. were found to vary in their policies and practices of surveillance, decolonization, and treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections, most were found to be consistent with national guideline recommendations, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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6 Tips for More Effective Resident Supervision

By: Julie McCoy, August 19, 2010

Supervision is a fundamental principle of medical education, but it hasn't been a focus of accreditation, educational, professional, or governmental organizations' standards until recently. The following tips will help faculty members become better at providing supervision and eliminate many of the barriers residents face when asking for help.

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Health Plan Scams Spread Misery

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2010

This summer has been a scorcher for large swaths of the west, south, and east. For healthcare hustlers perpetrating a rash of insurance scams, August's heat has been particularly prickly. The Federal Trade Commission came down hard last week on scammers passing off medical discount plans as health insurance plans. Two dozen states are similarly cracking down.

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FCC Proposal to Expand Rural Broadband Too Limiting

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

If the U.S. is ever to improve rural America's access to quality healthcare, the one thing it must provide—just about everyone agrees—is broadband Internet access.  Connections are needed from clinics to hospitals and to physician offices, to specialists who read images in faraway places, and even to patients' homes so their conditions can be remotely monitored and managed.

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Embrace Physician Rating Sites, Improve Patient Experience

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2010

Many hospital leaders, marketers, and clinicians are wary of doctor rating sites, but some understand the reviews contain valuable insight that can improve care.

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