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Monday, April 26, 2010


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If the U.S. Lacks Doctors, Can Nurses, Optometrists, and Pharmacists Take Their Place?

By: Cheryl Clark, April 26, 2010

If the Association of American Medical Colleges' prediction comes true—that the nation's physician shortage will grow from about 25,000 today to about 150,000 in 15 years—who will treat the millions more people who will have health coverage for the first time under health reform? Some of this care is almost certain to come from non-physician providers expanding their education and scope of practice, a push that's either a battle or a gentle nudge to a greater or lesser degree in every state and many medical professions nationwide.

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CMS Actuary: Reform Law Would Push Spending Up By 1%

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 26, 2010

National health spending would increase by $311 billion—up by about 1%, from 2010 through 2019 under the new healthcare reform legislation, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Chief Actuary Rick Foster. This amount—greater than the CMS actuary’s amount projected last December—reflects the greater use of healthcare services by those being newly covered, lower prices paid to providers for those being covered by Medicaid, and lower payments for Medicare beneficiaries, Foster said.

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2010's 1Q Hospital Mass Layoffs Keep Pace with 2009's Record Levels

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

There were 12 mass layoffs impacting 50 or more jobs at the nation's nongovernment hospitals in March, resulting in 798 initial claims for unemployment insurance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced.

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Joint Commission Clarifies IM standard

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, April 23, 2010

The Joint Commission announced this week a clarification on Information Management standard IM.02.02.01. This standard deals with the area of abbreviations, acronyms, symbols, and dose designations.

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Fetal Care Center opens in St. Louis

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

Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Washington University School of Medicine have created a joint Fetal Care Center for high-risk mothers and births.

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FDA Calls for Reducing Infusion Pump Risks

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 26, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that new steps are being taken to address safety problems associated with external infusion pumps—including establishing additional premarket requirements for the pumps used in all environments, including hospitals, clinics, and at-home settings. According to the FDA, infusion pumps have been the source of "persistent safety problems": In the past five years, the organization has received more than 56,000 reports of adverse events.

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IASIS Healthcare CEO David R. White to Retire

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

After 10 years on the job, IASIS Healthcare LLC CEO David R. White will retire by the end of this year but will continue to serve as chairman of the Franklin, TN-based hospital chain's board of directors.

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds

By: Jim Molpus, for HealthLeaders Magazine, April 8, 2010

HealthLeaders Media gathers experts at Scripps Health to map a plan for ED overhaul.

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Payment Cut: If It's Truly That Bad, Hospitals Should Drop Government

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

If their lobbying group is truly representative of its membership, hospitals are very unhappy with a hospital inpatient and long-term care prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal 2011.

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