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Friday, May 28, 2010


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CDC Says 18% Drop in Central Line Infections Is Just the Beginning

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

In the first report of its kind, CDC officials said yesterday that central line-associated bloodstream infections dropped by 18% overall in 17 states that have mandatory reporting laws in the first six months of 2009 compared with the previous three years. These catheter-related infections kill 31,000 hospitalized patients a year.

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Shands CEO says $21.4M HMA Deal Will Help Economy in Rural Florida

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

Shands HealthCare CEO Timothy Goldfarb says the nonprofit health system's decision to sell a 60% controlling stake in three money-losing hospitals in rural Florida will help the economies of the small communities they serve.

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Congress Misses Deadline Again To Postpone Doc Fix

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

The House, which had appeared close to voting Thursday on the "American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010" (HR 4213) that contains a provision to delay a 21% cut in physician Medicare reimbursements after a June 1 deadline, faltered over concerns about the bill's costs voiced by Republicans and some Democrats. The House will continue deliberations today. However, the delay means that the bill would not make it in time to be voted on by the Senate. Late Thursday, Democratic leaders in the Senate acknowledged they would not be able to approve a bill before adjourning for the Memorial Day weekend.

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Emergency Docs Say BlueCross BlueShield Is Wrong About Unnecessary ED Visits

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

A national group of emergency room doctors and its New York chapter yesterday blasted this week's Excellus BlueCross BlueShield report that says in Upstate New York, two out of five non-overnight visits to hospital emergency departments are unnecessary. "There are serious and profound methodological flaws in the Excellus study," said Gerard Brogan, MD, president of the New York American College of Emergency Physicians.

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Ex-Owner of City of Angels MC to Pay $10M Consent Judgment for Medicare, Medi-Cal Fraud Scheme

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

Intercare Health Systems, Inc., the ex-owner of City of Angels Medical Center, will pay the federal government a $10 million consent judgment in a Medicare and Medi-Cal fraud and kickback scheme involving homeless patients at the Los Angeles hospital, the Justice Department announced today.

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University of Colorado Hospital to Build $400M Inpatient Tower

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

The University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora will add a second tower at a cost of about $400 million, the university announced. The new 720,000-square-foot tower will open in 2013.

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Making Improved Medication IQ Part of the Treatment

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 27, 2010

In this era of polypharmacy, the route to safer, more effective care may lie with how a patient answers this question: What are you taking and how are you taking it?

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State of Gynecologic Oncology

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, May 27, 2010

The Society of Gynecologic Oncologists conducted its survey of its 1,100 practitioners late last year. Compared to five years ago, there were major differences in what was said about the evolving physician practice.

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