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Friday, August 28, 2009

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Medicare Addresses Payment Concerns Related to H1N1

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 28, 2009

To answer questions about how to give and get reimbursed for care during a disaster or pandemic, federal health officials have issued an extensive and updated list of answers to 132 questions.

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Weak Link Between Family Health Histories, Chronic Conditions

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 28, 2009

A National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science consensus panel this week found that it is unclear how family health histories can be "effectively gathered" and used in primary care settings for assisting with common chronic conditions, such as diabetes or asthma.

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Medicaid System to Detect Fraud, Waste, and Abuse is Full of Holes

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 28, 2009

With serious implications for the government's ability to detect fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicaid system, an Office of Inspector General report found a lack of timeliness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness of the federal database used for that purpose.

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Many Hospitals Not Allowed Access to Names of Disciplined Nurses, Pharmacists

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 27, 2009

Some 100,000 health providers disciplined for abuse, fraud, and other kinds of harm may still be treating patients because a law requiring disclosure of their records to potential employers has gone unimplemented for 22 years, prohibiting hospitals from knowing about their practitioners' questionable backgrounds.

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CMS Seeks Hospitals, Vendors for EHR-based Quality Data Submission

By: Lisa Eramo, for HealthLeaders Media, August 27, 2009

Providers have an opportunity to participate in a pilot program to test EHR clinical quality data submission, according to CMS' fiscal year 2010 IPPS final rule.

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Joint Commission Advocates for Medical Error Prevention

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, August 27, 2009

The Joint Commission's latest Sentinel Event Alert urges healthcare leaders to become more involved in the prevention of medical errors at their facilities, as well as to take more responsibility when errors do occur.

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Physicians Divided on Healthcare Reform

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, August 27, 2009

I didn't realize at the beginning of the summer just how divisive the debate over healthcare reform would ultimately become.

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Let's Pay Attention to Medication Use in the Reform Debate

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 27, 2009

In the midst of the healthcare reform debate, one topic seems to be missing: Addressing the problem of patients who fail to take their medications as prescribed by their physicians.

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