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Thursday, April 22, 2010


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Sanford Health, Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego Plan Pediatric Clinic

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

Sanford Health is partnering with Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego to open a pediatric clinic in Oceanside, CA, the two health systems announced. Using a portion of a $2.5 million donation from philanthropists Pamela and Martin Wygod and the Rose Foundation, the health systems plan to jointly purchase and share a 28,500-square-foot building in Oceanside.

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Legislation Expands Scope of EHR Meaningful Use Eligibility

By: Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, April 21, 2010

As President Obama signed new legislation expanding EHR meaningful use incentive eligibility to outpatient-based hospital physicians, Congress recently introduced a new bill that extends eligibility to additional hospitals. The proposed legislation would further expand meaningful use incentive eligibility to behavioral and mental healthcare providers.

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Advocacy Group Says One-Third of Cesareans Are Unnecessary

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2010

One-third of New York's cesarean sections are unnecessary and represent, in essence, "acts of violence against women," says Public Citizen director Sidney Wolfe, MD, who released a report yesterday showing how high and low rates of the procedure vary in New York hospitals. What this means, he said, "is that the health of the mothers and babies is being needlessly jeopardized because mothers go under the knife instead of delivering vaginally."

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Feds Open Public Comment Period for Proposed Merger Guideline Changes

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

The Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department have opened a month-long public comment period for a proposed revision of Horizontal Merger Guidelines. The updated guidelines detail how the agencies evaluate the competitive impact of mergers and whether those mergers run afoul of antitrust law.

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Hospital Mortality Is Not the Way to Judge Quality

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2010

To truly evaluate quality, hospitals would do better to look at avoidable events such as bloodstream infections, which kill 31,000 people a year in the U.S., rather than at mortality rates, a prominent safety expert wrote in a new report. That's because all too often, patients arrive at the hospital too sick to be saved by the time they are admitted, said Peter Pronovost, MD, professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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2010 Acute Care Drug Prices Expected to Rise 1.3%

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

Overall drug price inflation will be 1.3% in 2010 for acute care hospitals, according to estimates released today by Novation Pharmacy Program. The estimate, published in Irving, TX-based Novation's 2010 Drug Price Forecast, anticipates that the price change for contract products from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011 will be 0.99% while noncontract products will be 1.83%.

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iPad, Cartoon Bear Seek to Ease Kids' Fears of Medicine

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

A cartoon bear named Buddy and a cartoon kid named Max are trying to assure patients that scary tests and treatments in the hospital aren't really so bad. And they're doing it all through the iPad. Max and Buddy the Bear's "Bear Facts About CT Scans" is an application being used by Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children and St. Luke's Health System in Boise, ID.

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Southwest Healthcare: How Could So Much Be So Wrong?

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

It isn't every day that a 218-bed hospital system gets three state fines at once for causing "immediate jeopardy" to its patients, including one penalty for $100,000—the highest assessed so far.

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Getting Personal About Diabetes

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, April 21, 2010

UnitedHealth Group has launched two diabetes programs with help from YMCA of the USA and Walgreens that the companies hope will prevent and control diabetes, pre-diabetes, and obesity.

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Three Southern Idioms Healthcare Marketers Should Live By

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, April 21, 2010

I was feeling the love in Atlanta once I arrived at the Healthcare Strategy Institute's Customer Based Marketing Strategies conference. It was easy for me to view the conference with a Southern state of mind.

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