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Radiation Patients Endanger Public, Says Politician

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 21, 2010

Patients receiving radiation are exposing the public to dangerous levels of radioactive isotopes, according to Rep. Edward J. Markey, (D-MA). The Nuclear Regulatory Commission should mandate hospitalization for radiation patients receiving doses above accepted thresholds and enhance oversight of medical licensees to solve this problem, he says.

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Scripps to Restructure Management

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

In an effort to adapt to financial challenges from healthcare reform, Scripps Health has implemented a horizontal management model to improve care and cut costs without resorting to layoffs.

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Team Training Slashes Surgical Morbidity, Study Says

By: Roxanna Guilford-Blake, for HealthLeaders Media, October 21, 2010

Team training, locally modified checklists and pre- and post-operative briefings can save lives, according to a study in the October 20 issue of JAMA. But what ultimately makes a difference, according to one of the authors, is improved communications among the surgical team.

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IRS Nabs NC Physician for Tax Scam

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

A North Carolina family doctor has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay more than $600,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service for obstructing tax laws and failing to pay income taxes for at least four years, the Justice Department and IRS say.

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CHW to Pay $275K to Settle Hiring Discrimination Charges

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

Catholic Healthcare West will pay the federal government $275,000 to resolve allegations that the three-state, San Francisco-based health system created unnecessary and discriminatory hurdles against work-authorized, legal immigrant job seekers, the Department of Justice says.

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Hospitals Responsible for Physicians' Bad Behavior

By: Liz Jones for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2010

If a physician is in hot water, so is the related hospital, even when the physician is not a direct employee. Medical staff and hospitals should work together to prevent potential lawsuits through strong policies and frequent training.

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Intelligence Report: Patient Experience - Help Wanted

By: October 15, 2010

While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.

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Lead Transformation: Accelerate Value, Quality, and Coordination

By: October 7, 2010

Join us October 21, live or virtually, for this complimentary, exclusive half-day leadership event that will bring leaders from top healthcare organizations to explore real paths to take today toward accountable care structures and define what medical home and patient-centered care mean for your healthcare organization. Recognized leaders and peer experts will be featured from: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Columbus Regional Hospital, Baptist Health System, Chenango Memorial Hospital, Network Health, Crystal Run Healthcare, Moffitt Cancer Center, Novant Health, and GE Healthcare, Americas. This event takes place October 21, 8:30 am—12:30 pm (CST) at The Fairmont in Dallas, Texas. To register call 800/753-0131 or click here.

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5 Reasons to Consider the Cloud for Health Data

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2010

Web-based data sharing, or 'cloud computing' requires no special equipment on the part of the users—just a computer and an Internet connection. The benefits of cloud computing are many, and seem tailor-made for digitized medical environments.

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Is HHS Compromising with Insurers?

By: Jeff Elliott for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2010

Last week HHS attempted to stem the recent trend among healthcare payers to drop "child only" health plans by clarifying policies that aren't explicitly forbidden by the Affordable Care Act. The letter from Department of Health and Human Services chief Kathleen Sebelius to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners pulls the two slightly closer, but both are still at the mercy of the states.

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Why Social Spending Makes Sense for Healthcare

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2010

Some healthcare organizations are experimenting with using deal-of-the-day social spending websites such as Groupon to offer discounted elective care to local patients.

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