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Tuesday, August 24, 2010


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HHS to Give $32 Million for Rural Healthcare Access

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2010

More than $22 million will go to the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, which supports improvements in healthcare quality for any of 1,300 critical access hospitals, defined as hospitals with no more than 25 beds.

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Physician Investment in IT, Accountable Care, Needed for Reform

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2010

The uncertainty surrounding the SGR policy is "a distraction and potentially a barrier for some physicians to embrace the Affordable Care Act," but physicians should not let their frustration over it "distract them from the improvements that healthcare reform delivers to their patients and the profession," White House offcials say.

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To Save on Drug Costs, Consumers Cut Corners

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2010

More than two-thirds of those taking prescription drugs said pharmaceutical manufacturers have too much influence on physicians' prescribing decisions, and half said physicians are too eager to prescribe a drug when various non-drug options are available for managing a condition, report says.

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TMA: Chiropractors’ Diagnoses, Procedures Under Trial

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2010

The Texas Medical Association is hailing a state judge's announced intention to impose limits on chiropractors' rights to diagnose medical conditions.

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AHCA: Broward’s Liver Transplant Program Receives CON

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2010

Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale has been granted a Certificate of Need by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to continue its six-year-old adult liver transplantation program. With the approval Broward General will have its own stand alone program.

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Texas Hospital Receives Level III Trauma Designation

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2010

Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, TX, has been given a Level III trauma designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services—becoming one of only four hospitals in South Texas to receive certification for this level of care, the HCA Gulf Coast Division affiliate announced.

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'Dinosaur' Doc Meets Terminal Illness with Dignity

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

The best part of my job is the people I get to meet—particularly the frontline, hands-on medical professionals who see their work as a calling. It sounds corny, but these people are healers in the noblest sense. In a world full of silliness and superficiality, selfishness, and cruelty, it's therapeutic and a great perspective adjuster to be around these well-grounded people.

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Does Healthcare Pricing Matter?

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, August 23, 2010

Most patients don't really care about the costs of their healthcare. Or, more to the point: Most insured patients don't directly bear the cost of care, and even if they did, it's nearly impossible to find and compare the price of a given procedure. So most don't bother. This unfortunate reality is one of the reasons consumer-directed care never really took hold as a primary means for reforming the system.

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