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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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Steward Mulls $1.1B Jackson Health Takeover

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 22, 2011

In a non-binding letter, Steward Healthcare System has expressed an 'interest' in taking over Jackson Health System, Miami's financially troubled safety net hospital.

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HHS Issues Civil Money Penalty for Privacy Rule Violations

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, February 23, 2011

The Office for Civil Rights has issued its first civil money penalty to a covered entity for violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, according to the Department of Health & Human services.

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Business Associates May be Liable for HIPAA Compliance

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, February 23, 2011

 Proposed changes in HITECH regulations would make BAs directly liable for  breached data, and subcontractors of BAs would have to be compliant as well. But is HITECH alone enough to ensure BAs and their subcontractors comply?

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Safer Scans: Four Steps to Reduce Radiation

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, February 13, 2011

Providers are stepping up efforts to limit exposure in routine care and clinical studies.

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Cignet Health Fined $4.3M for HIPPA Violations

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 23, 2011

The Maryland-based insurer has been fined for its refusal to provide patients with copies of their health records, and for willfully failing to cooperate with the federal government's attempts to resolve the complaint, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.  

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HIMSS 2011: Exchange is in the Air

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, February 22, 2011

Healthcare reform, meaningful use, interoperability, and privacy and security are hot topics among attendees at the annual CHIME and HIMSS conferences in Orlando this week, and this year there seems to be an increased emphasis on secure and accurate exchange of healthcare data.

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Nurse Patrols Frontlines of Preventive Care

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, February 22, 2011

Kay Renny, RN,is on the frontlines of the preventive care battlefield. She was recently honored for her work developing a vaccination program that has delivered more than 325,000 immunizations, including influenza, pneumonia, and meningitis, at community and corporate sites.

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Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform

By: February 14, 2011

Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy.

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Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction

By: February 16, 2011

Dedication to mission is strong and getting stronger, but just how to accomplish that mission is less certain, according to the just-released results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey.

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