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Friday, May 1, 2009

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Swine Flu Stirs Questions About Retail Clinic Safety

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 30, 2009

The onset of swine flu has reignited the debate about whether retail-based, walk-in healthcare clinics are an appropriate venue for treating people with highly communicable diseases.

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EHRs, Meaningful Use Get Spotlight This Week

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 1, 2009

Hospitals and physicians looking to get a better understanding of what is meant by "meaningful use" of electronic health records—and how they could qualify for health information technology funds under the economic stimulus measure passed in March—got their wishes this week. Expanded definitions by an industry group, release of a new consensus framework report, and two days of testimony before a federal panel by nearly three dozen experts got the ball rolling.

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Peer Review Protection Statutes Take on New Meaning

By: Julie McCoy, April 30, 2009

A recent ruling by the Tennessee Court of Appeals may leave the door open for a new interpretation of peer review protection legislation.

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Cooking Activities are Top Hospital Fire Threat

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, April 30, 2009

Cooking-related fires are the source of most blazes in hospitals and hospices with 52% of fires in those facilities started in kitchens and other cooking areas, according to data from the National Fire Protection Association.

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Pharmacist Coaches Help Chronic Disease Patients

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, May 1, 2009

As the rate of chronic disease skyrockets, health costs balloon, and physicians struggle with demands on their time, health officials have increasingly turned to pharmacists as a possible solution. Pharmacists have taken on a greater presence on the healthcare team in programs like the Asheville Project and Medicare Part D's Medication Therapy Management, which have featured pharmacist coaches helping chronic disease patients manage their ailments.

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It's Time to Pay Primary Care More

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, April 30, 2009

As Democratic leaders prepare to introduce healthcare reform legislation, the Obama administration is expressing concern about the growing primary care doctor shortage and exploring ways to increase physician supply.

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The Dual Faces of Quality

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 30, 2009

It's been a very busy week in Washington, DC—especially if you cover issues related to quality and healthcare.

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