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Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Wait Times in Emergency Departments Surge

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 22, 2010

Patients last year averaged a record of four hours and seven minutes spent in the nation’s emergency departments—a four minute increase over 2008 wait times, and a 31-minute increase since reports were made available in 2002, according to a new review from Press Ganey Associates, Inc.Press Ganey’s 2010 Emergency Department Pulse Report: Patient Perspectives on American Health Care, is based on evaluations of more than 1.5 million patients treated at 1,893 hospitals in 2009.

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Home Visit Programs To Receive Millions

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

Programs providing home visits that can ultimately reduce pre-term births and the need for emergency room visits are being awarded $88 million from the federal government. The funds, made available from the Affordable Care Act, are issued through the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, and will enable nurses, social workers, and other health professionals to visit at-risk families in their homes.

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PICU Holds Off Central-Line Infections For Full Year

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 22, 2010

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical New York, announced an important celebration this month: Its 20-bed pediatric intensive care unit became the first in New York State to go an entire year without a central-line infection.

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Report Card Helps Track Timing, Dating Orders

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, July 22, 2010

It's one thing to tell physicians when they are out of compliance; it’s another to do so without recognizing good work as well. To counter this, Kentucky-based Pikeville Medical Center has instituted a recognition program for those who remain “in the green” with timing and dating.

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HRSA Hopes Committee Will Translate a Tower of Babel

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

Does anyone really understand the reason why there are so many definitions for the terms "medically underserved area" and "health professional shortage area?" The Health Resources and Services Administration tried in 1998 and 2008 to standardize the definitions, but got so many letters of complaint it gave up. The Obama administration, known for venturing where others have failed, is trying again— with a different approach.

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Health Insurers Go Global

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, July 21, 2010

When Cigna Corp. CEO David Cordani talked about the “cornerstone” of his company’s growth strategy in a recent Forbes interview, he didn’t single out the individual market or employer-sponsored insurance as the primary drivers of expansion—at least, not in the U.S. It was markets beyond U.S. borders that he described as having outstanding growth opportunities

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For More Satisfied Patients, Try an Online Portal

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

For a growing number of American consumers—who do most of their banking, shopping, and communicating online—a patient portal may soon become a deal breaker.

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