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Monday, September 20, 2010

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HHS Awards $131M for Health Professions Workforce

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2010

Grants totaling nearly $131 million will be used to strengthen and expand the health professions workforce, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last week. Target areas include primary care and oral health.

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Banner Health to Build Hospital in CO

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2010

Banner Health, which operates 23 hospitals in seven states, plans to build a 25-bed critical access hospital in northeastern Colorado between two existing facilities.

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CT Breaches Lead to Tougher Notification Requirement

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2010

The Connecticut Insurance Department issued a bulletin last month that calls for state insurers to notify affected individuals and the state's insurance commissioner of a breach of patient information no later than five calendar days after its discovery.

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Baton Rouge Hospital Execs Study Lessons Learned in Shooting

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2010

Hospital executives at Baton Rouge General Medical Center are studying the lessons learned from a Sept. 3 domestic violence-related shooting that left one patient and a visitor seriously wounded.

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Data Sharing Strengthens CMS Provider Screening Process

By: Emily Berry, for HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2010

When the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services completes its information sharing system about terminated providers, credentialing specialists will be able to verify the quality of the practitioners and ensure if the hospital will receive Medicare reimbursement.

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The Best Leaders Know When to Get Out of the Way

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2010

This month's cover story in HealthLeaders magazine is an interesting one. Yes, I wrote it, but you should read it anyway. It's interesting because I was stunned by how much simplicity there is in running a super-complex organization like a hospital or health system. At least that's what my self-deprecating sources would like you to think. I think it's much more complicated than they let on.

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