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Monday, September 26, 2011

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Patient Dies During Lockout in CA Nurses’ Strike

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 26, 2011

A one-day strike involving more than 23,000 nurses at 30 California hospitals has  turned ugly with labor groups blaming the death of a cancer patient on a mistake made by a strike replacement nurse.

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Debating the Proposed CLIA Rule

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, September 26, 2011

Patient advocates say allowing patients to get test results directly from the lab will help them take control of their healthcare and reduce costs. But some physicians say proposed changes to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 could end up confusing patients and driving up the cost of lab tests.

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MA Hospitals Cry Foul Over State Readmission Fines

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 26, 2011

Massachusetts hospitals are vehemently objecting to a state policy poised to impose fines of 2.2% of Medicaid payments on 24 facilities said to have higher than average rates of readmissions.

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CLASBI Eradication Collaborative Saves $100M

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 26, 2011

A five-year collaborative to eradicate central line-associated bloodstream infections in pediatric intensive care units across the nation has saved 355 lives, and prevented nearly 3,000 infections, the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions' Quality Transformation Network has announced.

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IPAB Wields Chainsaw for Want of a Scalpel

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 23, 2011

The mandate of the Independent Payment Advisory Board is to trim healthcare spending. But unless it is granted more authority, it will be forced to use the blunt tool of rate cuts, where a more nuanced approach might be the better solution.

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Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home

By: September 26, 2011

Date: November 11, 2011
About: Attend on-site or
participate via live simulcast. Live from host St. Joseph Health System—reaching the vision of patient–centered medical home requires strong links between hospital and physician to achieve best patient outcomes—join us for the dialogue in a special, complementary Rounds, sponsored by RelayHealth.

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Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment: The Collaborative Care Disconnect

By: September 26, 2011

79% of leaders say physicians’ support of collaborative care is mixed or unsure, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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