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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Cedars-Sinai Over CT Radiation Overdose

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 21, 2009

One of the 206 patients who received a radiation overdose eight times normal during a CT scan at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, has filed a class action lawsuit against both the hospital and the device manufacturer, GE Healthcare Technologies. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff, Trevor Rees, was not only subjected to an overdose of radiation, but faces a higher risk of cancer, expense of longer term health monitoring of its effects, and suffers "severe and serious physical and emotional damage."

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AMA President: Physician Fee Schedule Obsolete

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

American Medical Association President J. James Rohack, MD, says budget neutrality in the healthcare reform debate should not derail the push to abolish what he says is an obsolete Medicare physician fee schedule that will carve out up to $245 billion in payment reductions for physicians.

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Senate Judiciary Panel Revisits Medical Bankruptcy Related to Debt

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 21, 2009

As the debate over healthcare reform continues, one "particularly cruel" area impacting individuals is potentially overwhelming medical expenses that can lead to personal medical debt and bankruptcy, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts.

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Mortality, Quality Gulfs Persist in Hospitals

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 21, 2009

Patients at highly-rated hospitals have a 52% lower chance of dying compared with the U.S. hospital average, a quality gulf that has persisted in the last 10 years, even as mortality rates have declined, a new HealthGrades study shows. The 12th annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study of patient outcomes at each of the nation's 5,000 nonfederal hospitals found a wide gap in quality between the nation's best hospitals and all others.

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Government Turns Prevention Efforts to Patients

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, October 21, 2009

The FTC will enforce its medical identity theft Red Flags Rule beginning November 1. Now, the government is turning its anti-theft and fraud attention to consumers. HHS released tips and information to help seniors and Medicare beneficiaries "deter, detect and defend" against medical identity theft.

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Five Easy Ways to Protect Staff from Violent Patients

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

When a professional fighter allegedly went haywire in a Nevada hospital and attacked nurses, it briefly brought some national attention to a long-standing problem: violence against healthcare workers. Of course, it's not just famous people or athletes who can cause trouble, which makes the challenge of protecting hospital employees daunting.

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The Future of Nursing is Up for Debate

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2009

As well as securing the opinion of nursing experts from around the country, a new study will also be examining testimony submitted from individuals and organizations in the field.

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Five Lessons on How to Get Physicians to Adopt CPOE

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2009

While I agree that physicians need to join the effort for CPOE to be successful, I also think there is a lot more behind the successful implementations—like dogged persistence.

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