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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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Five Steps to Improve Your Hospital's H1N1 Readiness

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2009

CEOs will want to talk to their emergency management coordinators and infection preventionists about plans to handle a predicted spike in H1N1 swine flu and seasonal flu cases this fall.

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Feds Clarify Hospital Triage Rules in Event of H1N1 Frenzy

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2009

Hospital and public health officials who worry about being deluged this fall by sick and worried well patients fearing H1N1 now have comforting federal guidance on how to re-direct crowds without violating the law.

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HHS Provides $25.7 Million to Support Health Centers

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 25, 2009

More than $25.7 million in grants will be distributed to improve health and support services at health centers nationwide, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this week during the National Association of Community Health Centers' annual meeting in Chicago.

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Joint Commission Promotes its Vision

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2009

The Joint Commission has crafted a new mission/vision statement intended to more clearly explain the organization's goals and values, according to an official announcement by the accrediting organization.

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Providers Concerned About How CMS’ SNF Changes Will Affect Them

By: MacKenzie Kimball, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2009

The FY 2010 skilled nursing facility final rule, which CMS recently released, includes components that will change some facility processes related to therapy services and ultimately affect resource utilization group classification.

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Hospitals Still Not Over the Hump

By: Michelle Ponte, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2009

Despite the positive news from a Thomson Reuters study last week, which found that hospital margins had rebounded in the first quarter of 2009, the troubles of the past 12 months may not be behind anyone just yet.

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HHS Issues New Rule for HIT Breaches

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 24, 2009

The public needs to feel confident that HIT is secure, especially now that the federal government is preparing to drop about $20 billion to accelerate HIT implementation.

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