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Friday, September 24, 2010

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FCC Approves Spectrum for 'SuperWi-Fi'

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

Rural hospitals and healthcare facilities are expected to benefit from wireless signals that can travel longer distances and through walls, allowing medical staff to transfer electronic medical records and other data at broadband speeds.

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Nursing Ranks, Employment Growing

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

The number of licensed registered nurses RNs nationwide grew 5% over a four-year period ending in 2008. That year 85% of licensed RNs were employed in nursing, the highest rate of nursing employment since the federal Health Resources and Services Administration started its surveys in 1977.

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FTC Supports Breach Notification Bill

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, September 24, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission has approved a data breach bill requiring entities that hold consumers' sensitive information to create a robust data compliance protection plan. The intention of the plan is to enforce strict breach notification requirements.

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CMS Preps for Medicaid RACs

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, September 24, 2010

In a sign that may be viewed as the first step toward Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractors implementation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released this month an information collection form and supporting documents for contractors.

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Broward Health Proposes Community Not-for-profit Status

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 27, 2010

Broward Health President and CEO Frank Nask is undertaking due diligence on a proposal to transition the giant four-hospital health system from its current not-for-profit public health system status into a community 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

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How Boosting ED Efficiency Turbo-charges Metrics

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2010

Moving patients more quickly though the emergency department has moved some key metrics, too.

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Roundtable: Hospitals and Physicians: Partners in Accountable Care

By: HealthLeaders magazine, September 13, 2010

As health systems across the nation investigate developing Accountable Care Organizations in their respective communities, healthcare veterans can't help but feel as though the details of these complex strategies are all too familiar. After all, the goals of aligning hospital and physician incentives are nothing new. But in a future that is sure to reward integration, coordination, and value, the motivation to build the right alignment model is one thing that is new and improved.

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Hospital Workflow Redesign Could Save Lives

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 23, 2010

A continuum of care study shows that applying tenets from the medical home model to an inpatient setting can reduce hospital mortality and keep down costs.

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Medical Students Keep Depression Under Wraps

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 23, 2010

Researchers at the University of Michigan medical school find that medical students battle depression in greater numbers than the general population and believe that colleagues and instructors have little use for it. They may also exhibit some intolerance toward patients with depressive symptoms.

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