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Monday, August 2, 2010

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ED Interpreters Improve Physician, Patient Satisfaction

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2010

Patients in the emergency department who had professional in-person language interpreters were four times more likely to be satisfied than patients who didn't, study shows. Provider satisfaction was also high.

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Feds Offer $51 Million for Health Insurance Exchanges

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2010

Up to $1 million in the form of grants will be available to each state so that competitive health insurance exchanges may be established as mandated under health reform legislation, says U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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Annual Physician Compensation Up by 3.8%

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2010

In 2009, 76% of all specialties saw an increase in compensation, with the overall weighted average increase of approximately 3.4%. The primary care specialties' (excluding hospitalists) average compensation increase was about 3.8%, according to the American Medical Group Association's 2010 Medical Group Compensation and Financial Survey.

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Hospitals at Risk for Waterbourne Diseases

By: Evan Sweeney, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2010

Waterborne pathogens may not be first on your hospital’s list of priorities—perhaps because you haven’t seen an outbreak—but that doesn’t mean it’s not a risk in your facility, particularly if you have ornamental water structures.

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Standalone Hospitals: An Endangered Species?

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2010

Standard & Poor's released a report this week that while not exactly glowing, shows the prospects for standalone nonprofit hospitals certainly isn't bleak. Citing sharper expense management and revenue cycle improvements, the report points to "improvement in operating metrics" and "overall improvement in balance sheet medians," all of which is fancy finance talk for "things are looking better." Still, long-term stressors remain.

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