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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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Insurers Agree to Cover Young Adults Under Parents’ Plans

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 21, 2010

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday announced that three more health insurers—Kaiser Permanente, Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, and Humana—would be added to the list of those companies that will immediately continue health insurance coverage for young adults under the age 26. Two other plans—UnitedHealthCare and WellPoint—said this week that they would also provide the coverage earlier.

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Women's Mortality Risk Higher at Most Hospitals

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 21, 2010

Women undergoing heart surgery and interventions are at a much greater risk of dying than are men undergoing the same procedures in the same hospitals, according to HealthGrades Seventh Annual Women's Health in American Hospitals. Women had a higher risk of mortality in three cardiovascular procedures: valve-replacement surgery (52.8% higher), coronary bypass surgery (36.6%), and coronary interventional procedures (19.5%).

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MGMA Survey: In-house Recruiters Need Six Months to Recruit Primary Care Docs

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 21, 2010

In-house physician recruiters need 180 days to fill positions for internal medicine or family practice physicians, according to the Medical Group Management Association's new In-House Recruitment Benchmarking Survey: 2010 Report Based on 2008 Data. In addition, most specialties reported a drop in the cost and resources associated with filling these positions, which MGMA attributes to the economic downturn and a 30% increase in the use of Internet job boards as a primary recruiting tool.

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Quality: The Medical Home as Community Effort

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Magazine, April 8, 2010

A collaborative ACO model is yielding clinical and financial results.

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Joint Commission to Release Communication, Language Standards to Encourage Health Equity

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2010

The Joint Commission will be releasing new standards for hospitals surrounding language, culture, and communication in the January 2011 hospital manual. The standards, announced in the January 2010 Perspectives on The Joint Commission, will be accompanied by a Web-based, downloadable guide, which will be released in late May.

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Four Hospital Disaster Prep Angles to Consider in Light of Icelandic Volcano

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2010

The world offers many opportunities for hospital emergency managers to think analytically, and there is plenty of inspiration to be taken from the eruption of the volcano in Iceland. Ash spewing high into the atmosphere from the volcano has disrupted air traffic across Europe since last Thursday. For ground-based disaster preparation coordinators in healthcare facilities, think about the following issues that the volcanic activity has brought forth.

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CMS Seeks to End Remittance Advice Confusion

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2010

In a recently released transmittal, CMS has addressed an issue that has been a thorn in the side for providers since the RAC demonstration project. Transmittal 659 addresses the issue of reporting of recoupment for overpayment on the remittance advice. A remittance advice is a notice of payments and adjustments sent to providers, billers, and suppliers.

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Leapfrog Announces Survey Partnership with Quantros

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 21, 2010

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization representing major private and public purchasers of healthcare benefits, has selected Quantros, a healthcare software and services provider of data management and decision support analytics, to service and administer its online Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The survey annually collects safety, quality, and efficiency data from more than 1,200 hospitals nationwide and publicly reports results online.

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Nurse Manager's Project Increases ED Capacity

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2010

Christy Wade became nurse manager of the emergency department at Jersey City Medical Center two and a half years ago and faced a problem shared with EDs around the country: too many patients and too little space.

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Five Things I Didn't Know about Healthcare Technology

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, April 20, 2010

Since I started covering healthcare technology, I've entered phrases beginning with the words "what is" into search boxes dozens of times.

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