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Friday, October 1, 2010


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Novartis to Pay $422.5M to Settle Off-label Drug Marketing Charges

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 1, 2010

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. will plead guilty and pay criminal and civil fines totaling $422.5 million to resolve claims that it used off-label marketing to illegally promote the antiepileptic Trileptal and five other drugs, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

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CA Governor Signs Radiation Overdose Law

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

The California law will require health facilities to notify the state Department of Public Health any time a patient receives a radiation dose in an imaging scan that exceeds 20% of what was intended.

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Physician to Settle Medicare Fraud Case for $20M

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

A Chicago cardiologist will pay $20 million to settle accusations that he lied "thousands of times to Medicare" and more than 30 other public and private health insurers to receive reimbursement for patients he never treated, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Federal Report Details Corruption at IHS

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

Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) launched a formal investigation into the Indian Health Services' Aberdeen area after "hearing about poor performance and mismanagement within the area" over the past five years.

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Shands UF Hospitals to Restructure Leadership

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 1, 2010

The Shands Hospital board of directors has voted to restructure governance of Shands Jacksonville and Shands at the University of Florida so they can collaborate as "sister" entities with parallel roles, each with a direct relationship to UF leadership.

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Schneider Elected ACEP President

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 1, 2010

Sandra M. Schneider, MD, assumes a one-year term as president of the American College of Emergency Physicians this week. Her previous accomplishments include working to reduce overcrowding in the nation's emergency departments.

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12 Challenges for Public, Rural Hospitals

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

Public hospitals in rural areas face unique challenges as many are small, technologically challenged, and responsible for treating low-income populations likely to be uninsured or covered by Medicaid, a study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says.

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4 Signs of Surgeons' Inattention in the OR

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

The more often a surgeon performs a procedure, the better the chances of a good outcome. But sometimes, repetition can lead to trancelike drifting or "automatic behaviors that are not accompanied by close attention," researchers report. They outline four telltale signs of automaticity in the operating room.

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Physicians Lack Confidence to Counsel Patients on Lifestyle

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 30, 2010

With an estimated two-thirds of Americans overweight or obese, the ability of healthcare providers to counsel patients regarding nutrition and exercise is "imperative," according to a study published in Preventive Cardiology.  But physicians aren't getting the job done.

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