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Tuesday, September 1, 2009


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Dana-Farber/St. Anne's Collaboration is Part of Growing Trend in Cancer Care

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2009

Coming soon to Saint Anne's Hospital in Fall River: Oncology care branded with the diagnostic expertise, clinical trial variety, and options for chemotherapy—all from prestigious Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, which is 51 miles away.

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Retail Clinics Providing Similar Quality of Care as EDs, Physicians’ Offices

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

Retail medical clinics are becoming a common site in many cities and towns. The clinics, popular for their lower prices, can provide quality care comparable to that offered in physicians' offices, urgent care centers, or hospital emergency departments, according to two separate studies from RAND.

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Ask Your Staff About These Three Life Safety Issues

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2009

While they may look like common, innocuous problems to you, The Joint Commission life safety specialists may take a decidedly stricter view. Corridor clutter, damaged fire-rated doors, and unsealed penetrations in rated barriers are three pieces of low-hanging fruit that life safety specialists will target.

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Online Job Ads Increase with Healthcare Sector Leading the Way

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2009

In what appears to be another signal that the recession may have bottomed out, a new report shows that online job listings are on the increase in many employment sectors, with healthcare practitioners and technicians leading the way.

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House Bill Would Balance Medicare Part D Benefit Cost Increases with Lower Drug Costs

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

Medicare beneficiaries would see their Part D prescription drug benefits rise by 5% in 2011—and by 20% in 2019—under provisions found in HR 3200, the House's healthcare reform bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office. However, beneficiary spending on prescription drugs—apart from those premiums—on average would fall.

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Health Coverage Does Not Protect Against Incurring Medical Debt

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2009

Health insurance does not safeguard people against medical debt in California, where one in seven non-elderly adults is trying to pay off healthcare bills in excess of $2,000. Of those with debt, 1.4 million, or two-thirds, have health coverage. "More than 2.2 million Californians, or 13% of nonelderly adults, reported having medical debt," according to the survey, "The State of Health Insurance in California."

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Hospital Uses EMRs to Avoid Drug Errors

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2009

After her facility experienced a near miss pertaining to look-alike/sound-alike drugs, an Iowan nurse worked to change her facility's computer system settings to avoid future problems.

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Meet the Only AAA-Rated Hospital in the Country

By: Michelle Ponte, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2009

Parkland Health & Hospital System is the only AAA-rated hospital in the country, but CFO John Dragovits says it owes much of this designation to the underlying credit worthiness and credit standing of Dallas County.

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Reagan Era Law Needs Obama Era Action

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2009

Twenty-two years after Congress passed legislation that would allow for a Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank to document disciplinary problems, providers still can't access the data.

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