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Monday, August 23, 2010


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OIG: Feds Paid $43.3 Million for Outdated Drugs

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 23, 2010

These drugs, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before 1962 have subsequently been found to be less than effective.  A faulty computer database should have  rejected  payment,  an Office of Inspector General report says.

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Trauma Care Fragmented, Study Finds

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 23, 2010

The survival of people who suffer major injuries often depends on where they are when they're hurt, due to a growing shortage of trauma surgeons and other factors, study suggests.

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GAO: HRA Healthcare Spending Less than Other Health Plans

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 23, 2010

Enrollees in health reimbursement arrangements have been found in both public and private plans to spend less on healthcare annually than those enrolled in other types of health plans, according to the Government Accountability Office.

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Nursing Work Conditions at Magnet Hospitals, Non-Magnets on Par, Study Finds

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 23, 2010

Magnet hospitals are associated with atrributed that attract nurses: high autonomy, decentralized organizational structure, and supportive management. But Magnet hospitals usually focus on the organization rather than the individual nurse—suggesting that personal demands may remain high among nurses providing frontline care at Magnet facilities, Maryland study shows.

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Fear of Falling Can Lead to Falls, Researchers Conclude

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 23, 2010

Providers should be more attentive to asking patients about fall fears because the answers might be helpful in designing fall prevention efforts, study suggests.

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Trauma Center Care Costs Warranted, Study Suggests

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 23, 2010

Trauma center treatment cost more when compared with non-trauma centers, but the overall benefits in terms of lives saved and quality of life-years gained, represents a more cost-effective way of treating patients with major trauma, Johns Hopkins researchers conclude.

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Nurses Allege Employment Discrimination at SF Hospitals

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 23, 2010

The California Nurses Association has asked the San Francisco Human Rights Commission to investigate its allegations of "systematic" employment discrimination at Sutter Health's California Pacific Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital.

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Healthcare Consolidation Lessons and a Prediction

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, August 20, 2010

In preparation for an upcoming special report for HealthLeaders, I've spent much of the last two weeks interviewing CEOs and other hospital leadership types about the difficulties they've encountered while consolidating into another organization for economic reasons, or as a result of acquiring another for the same reasons. Yet I also saw the positive sides of these mergers. The leaders I spoke with expressed passion for the task at hand, and even exhilaration when their plans came together.

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