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Thursday, October 29, 2009

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Mass. General Stabbing Shows Difficulties in Preventing Violence

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, October 29, 2009

Violence at Boston hospitals over the past eight days—including a fatal patient shooting—proves that healthcare security is an unpredictable business. While it's hard to immediately learn lessons from this latest series of incidents, safety and security professionals at several medical centers offered steps they take to prevent and respond to workplace violence.

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Recession Slows Charitable Giving for Healthcare

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 28, 2009

Philanthropic giving for healthcare in the United States grew by a modest 2.9% to $8.6 billion in recession-wracked 2008, a rate of growth that was half that of 2007, according to the new Report on Giving issued this week by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy.

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Genetics Rule Could Hamper Wellness Efforts

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, October 29, 2009

An interim final rule from the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 could cripple wellness, disease management, and population health management programs, according to DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance, employer and wellness groups, and health insurers. The departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury offered a joint final regulation of GINA earlier this month that would have unintended consequences, says Tracey Moorhead, president and CEO of DMAA.

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Small Healthcare Entities Need Red Flags The Most

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, October 28, 2009

Small healthcare entities are more likely to have cases of identity theft. So why exclude them from complying with a mandatory identity theft prevention program?

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Senators Push for More Healthcare Fraud Prevention in Health Reform

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 29, 2009

While efforts to fight healthcare fraud are addressed in both Senate reform bills, more is needed still at the federal level to tackle fraud and abuse at both the public and private sector levels, said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, at a hearing on Wednesday on "Effective Strategies For Preventing Health Care Fraud."

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N95 Respirators are the H1N1 Prevention Winner

By: David LaHoda, October 28, 2009

Did your healthcare facility cover the spread on H1N1 respiratory protection? If not, your facility is probably scrambling to acquire N95 respirators and figuring out how to fit-test and educate employees on their use.

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Rural North Carolina Gets Savvy With Teleneurology For Stroke

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

One by one across the nation, small rural hospitals are getting stroke smart.

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Three Ways Health Insurers Can Help with H1N1

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, October 28, 2009

There are healthcare stakeholders with a wealth of patient information and resources that could help push people to get their H1N1 shots: health insurers.

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Patient Experience: 'The Wisdom is in this Room'

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, October 28, 2009

I was reminded of that memorable phrase, "the wisdom is in this room," at our HealthLeaders Media 2009 Marketing Experience event, held earlier this month in Chicago.

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