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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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CMS Updates Telemedicine Guidelines

By: Emily Berry and Janice Simmons, May 26, 2010

Hospitals and critical access hospitals will soon be able to use credentialing and privileging information about telemedicine providers from the remote location, according to proposed Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services changes to the Conditions of Participations.

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City of Hope Rift with Physicians Threatens Both—and Scares Patients

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 26, 2010

An ugly and very public fight between the prestigious City of Hope Medical Center and its 187-member group of cancer specialists threatens the reputations and stability of both as it has frightened many of the patients in their care. The way leaders of the prestigious NCI designated cancer center tell it, all they want is to create a non-profit medical foundation that serves as a model of integration with their physicians. But the California Cancer Specialists Medical Group says the hospital is trying "to force" its doctors "to participate in an illegal scheme" to violate the state's prohibition against the corporate practice of medicine and control the way doctors treat patients.

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Healthcare Budgets for Pay Increases Continue Dip in 2010

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 26, 2010

Pay increase budgets have fallen to 2.5%, down from 3% in 2009. Little change is expected over the next year, as healthcare organizations predict only a slight uptick in 2011 to 2.7%, according to the new 2010 Compensation Data Healthcare survey. "With a slow economic recovery expected, healthcare organizations continue to make conservative compensation choices," said Amy Kaminski, director of marketing for Compdata Surveys, a compensation and benefits survey data provider.

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Workgroup: Mandate Encryption For Provider Information Exchanges

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2010

Encryption should be mandatory for one-on-one exchanges between providers regarding treatments, a privacy/security workgroup for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology reported last week.

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Childhood Mortality Rates Improve, But U.S. Falls Further Behind

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, May 26, 2010

A new study of worldwide childhood and infant mortality rates contains both good and bad news about a major measure of the quality of the U.S. healthcare system. On the one hand, mortality rates for children under 5 continue to drop steadily. The rate in the U.S. declined from 8.3 per 1,000 in 2000 to 6.7 in 2010—nearly a 20% drop over the 10-year period. But the improvement doesn't negate the fact that the United States has fallen further behind other wealthy nations in childhood mortality rate comparisons, and now ranks 42nd globally.

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Ready or Not, Tech-Savvy e-Patients are Coming

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2010

The patient of the future is technologically savvy, information hungry, and has a sense of entitlement about the level of service and the types of services they want. Donna Cryer is one such patient.

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Former Staff Nurse Returns as CEO

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, May 25, 2010

Bedside nurses often grumble that the C-suite is clueless about what it's like in the trenches providing patient care. Nurses at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC, however, know this is not the case at their hospital.

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