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Wednesday, June 23, 2010


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Live from HFMA-ANI: Lessons on Efficiency from Vegas

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, June 23, 2010

Hospitals are going to have to get a lot more efficient under healthcare reform, there's no question about that. The main reason is that there is no reason to believe that reimbursement is going to get any better than it is right now. We may have finally reached the breaking point for three key stakeholders: the government, the patient, and the employer.

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President Obama Says Insurers Need to Justify Premium Increases

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

After meeting with top insurance industry officials and several state insurance commissioners on Tuesday, President Barack Obama unveiled a package of interim final rules that make up what the administration calls a Patients' Bill of Rights.

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Joint Commission International Announces Change in Leadership

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

The Joint Commission has announced that its long-time president and chief executive of Joint Commission Resources and Joint Commission International will be leaving the position on July 1.

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Most Neurogenic Fibrosis Cases Associated with Three MRI Gadolinium Agents

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

Radiologists should avoid using three types of common gadolinium based contrast agents when administering MRIs to patients with chronic or acute kidney disease, according to an advisory from the American College of Radiology. That's because these three types—gadodiamide or Omniscan by GE Healthcare, gadopentetate dimeglumine or Magnevist by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, and Gadoversetamide by OptiMARK by Covidien—are linked with a greater number of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis cases, and make up Group I, according to the ACR.

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Physicians Turn to Online Communications

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

Physicians who want to communicate more easily with their patients—but aren't ready to open up an IT business in their back office—are turning to online solutions. Physicians at hospitals and private practices are using Web-based programs for a variety of tasks, such as conducting e-visits, e-prescribing medications, delivering lab results to patients, and sharing medical records with patients and their other providers—with no wiring, servers, or IT staff required. And, in some regions, healthcare organizations are partnering with their biggest rivals to make it happen.

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Healthcare Workers Wonder: How Did We Ever Live Without Our i-Devices?

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2010

I recently asked a group of healthcare workers "What's the one technology you can't live without?" It probably won't come as a big surprise that many of the answers began with the lowercase letter "i."

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Six Steps to Ensure New Nurse Manager Success

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2010

Organizations must set expectations for new nurse managers so they understand their role and that it is vital to invest in training, coaching, and mentoring for new managers.

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