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Monday, June 28, 2010

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Electronic Medical Records Strengthen Vaccine Safety Monitoring In Seizure Study

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2010

Intelligent use of electronic health records—even those collected from multiple health systems—can alert providers to harmful medical practices. That's how Kaiser Permanente's analysis of 459,000 pediatric health records revealed that young children who received the combo MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella, varicella) vaccine experienced twice the rate of febrile seizures as did children who received two separate shots—one for measles, mumps, rubella and the other just for varicella.

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CMS Update Indicates High Provider Success Rate for Appealing Denials

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2010

It pays to appeal. A recently released CMS report indicates that providers have been winning more appeals since the last update.

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Lawyer: HITECH Regs Coming by July 8

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

A healthcare lawyer brought forth the latest prediction on when HIPAA-related HITECH regulations will hit the streets—no later than July 8.

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A Data Gold Mine

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Magazine, June 9, 2010

Tech-savvy hospitals are using EMR data to conduct clinical research, improve quality, and inform business decisions.

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Financing Options

By: June 10, 2010

There are a variety of alternatives available to hospitals.

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Treat Your Doctors Like Pilots

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2010

I spent the early part of this week at HFMA's Annual National Institute in Las Vegas. One of the things I like to do at these shows is talk to vendors and their customers about their efforts to improve their organizations.

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