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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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HMA Acquires Wuesthoff Health System for $145 Million

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2010

Health Management Associates, Inc. announced Tuesday that it will acquire the two-hospital, not-for-profit Wuesthoff Health System in Melbourne and Rockledge, FL for $145 million. The purchase is expected to be completed by Oct. 1.

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CMS Announces $10 Million Imaging DSS Demo

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposes to fund a $10 million demonstration of software packages with "appropriateness criteria" or "decision support systems" to help physicians decide whether a patient needs a CT, MRI, or other scan.

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Practice Management Software Toolkit Released by AMA, MGMA

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2010

The American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association jointly unveiled a toolkit today that’s designed to help physicians pick the most appropriate and cost-effective software to run their practices.

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AHRQ Expands Data on Health Insurance, Quality

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2010

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's annual release of state-by-state quality data now has new data on health insurance, including healthcare quality categorized by private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and the uninsured.

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ACP Recommends Changes to Accommodate Multicultural Patients

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2010

As the nation's population continues to grow and diversify, the healthcare system still needs to change and adjust to meet the needs of an increasingly multicultural patient base, according to the American College of Physicians in a updated paper released Monday.

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The Many Costs of Imaging Technologies

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2010

Quick: When you think about defensive medicine, what comes to mind? For me, it’s imaging technologies. Try going to your primary care physician’s office on a Friday afternoon and telling her you have a slight pain in your abdomen. You’ll be holding your nose and swigging a barium cocktail in no time as technicians warm up the CT scan machine. You—or, more accurately, your health insurer—will spend a lot of money to find out whether your appendix is about to burst or if that burrito with extra jalapeño peppers you ate last night is to blame.

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Planning Nurse Staffing with a Patient Acuity System

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2010

How many patients one nurse can care for is a difficult question to answer with certainty. Some days more. Some days less. Any nurse will tell you it all comes down to the individual patient and how much care they need.

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