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Thursday, July 1, 2010

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U.S. Wastes Thousands of Useable, But "Less Than Perfect" Transplant Kidneys Because of Poor Distribution

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2010

If the nation could expedite its system for distributing kidneys of lower quality— but which are still viable for transplant— thousands of organs now rejected and discarded could be saving lives rather than be tossed out because too much time was wasted trying to find a transplant center that would accept them. That's because there's just a few aggressive transplant centers in the country, those with the sickest patients as well as those in areas with the worst donor kidney shortages, that accept those less-than-perfect but still functional organs, say researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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99% Of Teaching Hospitals Lack Clinical Care Conflict Of Interest Policies

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2010

Conflict of interest policies covering research and corporate relationships are not uncommon, but policies that set rules for disclosing physicians' clinical conflicts that can bias patient care are also needed, says an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) report.

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OIG: Medicare Paid $1.2 Billion For Drugs With Invalid Prescriber Numbers

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2010

Medicare drug plans and beneficiaries paid pharmacies $1.2 billion in 2007 for more than 18 million prescriptions that contained 527,749 invalid prescriber numbers, indicating the agency lacks adequate procedures to detect fraud, an Office of the Inspector General report says.

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CPOES Miss 1 In 3 Potentially Fatal Medication Orders

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2010

Computer physician order entry systems can potentially miss half of routine medication orders and one third of potentially fatal medication orders, a report released by The Leapfrog Group shows.

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Why Marketers Should Care About the Strategic Halo

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2010

It's crucial that marketers apply strategic halo principles to determine their feeder service lines and how they can continue to drive patients to seek more care at their organization.

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Is Health Insurance Moving Toward Oligopoly?

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2010

Consolidation in the insurance industry has been underway for years. Healthcare reform may accelerate the process.

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From Fantasyland to Tomorrowland: Wireless Health for Rural Vets

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2010

Learning about the promise of wireless health is like taking a journey through a medical Disneyland, a pathway from Fantasyland ... to Frontierland ... to Tomorrowland.

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