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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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CMS Validation Surveys: On the Rise?

By: Matt Phillion, April 20, 2009

Reports from the field indicate that validation surveys by state surveyors on behalf of the CMS are happening with greater frequency in 2009. It could be that CMS is requesting more of these surveys to be ready to review the Joint Commission's soon-to-be-submitted applications for continued deeming authority.

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Fewer Bad Doctors Get Disciplined

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2009

State agencies that license and discipline doctors in California and Florida are among those with the worst track records in protecting patients from seriously substandard care, according to today's report from Public Citizen, a national consumer advocacy group based in Washington, DC.

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CA Hospital’s Shooting Shows the Need for Gun-Themed Training

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2009

Last Thursday, Diana Hendel, CEO of Long Beach (CA) Memorial Medical Center, had the unenviable task of flanking the city's mayor and police chief in a televised press conference to discuss a murder-suicide at the hospital earlier that day. Hendel took the role of promising the public that the medical center—like other healthcare facilities, a pillar of the community—was still a safe place to go.

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Employers Shift Healthcare Costs, Employees Use Benefits While They Last

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2009

The fear of layoffs is prompting more employees to use their health benefits while they still have a job. This stepped-up plan participation comes even as companies are shifting the mounting costs for health benefits onto the backs of employees, according to a new survey.

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Safety Issues: Similarities, Differences Exist Among Small and Large Hospital

By: Heather Comak, April 20, 2009

Although the general principles of what goes into creating a culture of safety are the same at small and large hospitals, both types of facilities face different hurdles when addressing the topic.

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