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Thursday, December 23, 2010


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CMS Delays Enforcement of Signature Requirement on Lab Orders

By: Michelle Leppert, CPC-A, for HealthLeaders Media, December 22, 2010

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that it will not require physicians' signatures on lab requisitions until April 2011, a three-month reprieve from the original January 1, 2011 deadline.

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Physicians, Nurses Continue Primary Care Debate

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

A pair of articles in the New England Journal of Medicine fan the flames of discord about whether scope-of practice should be expanded for nurse practitioners in the face of a primary care physician shortage, especially in rural areas.

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Seniors Account for 1 in 3 Hospital Stays

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

People over age 65 represent 12% of the U.S. population but use 34% of the nation's healthcare dollars, a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality finds.

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James Andrews: Preventing Kids' Sports Injuries

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, December 2, 2010

In our annual HealthLeaders 20, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better. Some are longtime industry fixtures; others would clearly be considered outsiders. Some are revered; others would not win many popularity contests. All of them are playing a crucial role in making the healthcare industry better. This is James Andrews' story.

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Webcast: Primary Care for Better Outcomes, Value, and Coordination

By: December 15, 2010

Given the shortage of primary care physicians and the increasingly competitive physician market, you need both proven best-practice strategies and innovative new ideas to recruit, retain, and align your primary care physicians. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 25, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to develop primary care networks that improve outcomes and care coordination for your community. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9332&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Intelligence Report: Reform Readiness

By: December 15, 2010

As the healthcare industry prepares for fundamental change under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report reveals that 60% of healthcare leaders say neither the quality nor the efficiency of care at their organization will get any better under reform. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.  http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/intelligence/120/industry-insight-report.html.

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