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Friday, June 24, 2011

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Lax Rules for Medical Residents an 'Abuse of Trust'

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 24, 2011

The rules for residency training set to take effect on July 1 "stop considerably short" of patient safety best practices and "amount to an abuse of patient trust," says the co-author of a report.

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Berwick Pitches ACO Candidates

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 24, 2011

The administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services delivers a combination of a pep talk and plea for participation to physicians and healthcare executives gathered at a learning session on accountable care organizations.

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Dartmouth Revises Medicare Spending Variation Report

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 24, 2011

Responding to criticism aimed at maps showing the amount providers in various regions of the country submitted in healthcare claims for Medicare beneficiaries, Dartmouth statisticians have released spending data adjusted for variations in regional cost of living differences.

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Supreme Court Rejects VT Law on Prescription Data

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 24, 2011

A Vermont law that shielded physician prescribing data from pharmaceutical retailers has been struck down by the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision.

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Risk of Surgical Infection Rises with OR Noise Levels

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 23, 2011

Researchers find that changing team members during surgery, the presence of visitors in the operating room, and elevated decibel volumes are associated with higher rates of surgical site infection.

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Inequities Persist in Women's Cardiovascular Care

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, June 23, 2011

The low level of women's participation in clinical trials regarding cardiovascular disease is a major stumbling block in efforts to improve disparities in women's care.

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Intelligence Report: Better Care and the Bottom Line

By: June 21, 2011

54% of leaders say that ACOs will be successful in coordinating care and driving down overall costs, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

By: June 13, 2011

Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health--first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.

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