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Friday, July 2, 2010

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High-Risk Insurance Pools Begin Enrollment

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2010

Most high-risk insurance pools for patients who can't obtain coverage because of pre-existing conditions began enrollment today, slightly past the 90-day deadline established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Prescription Drug Disposal Polices Are Creating Confusion

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2010

Contradictory federal policies on how to dispose of unused prescription medications—plus the lack of disposal options—appear to be creating confusion among patients and providers, according to those testifying Wednesday at a hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging on drug waste and disposal.

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Communication May Be Key To Medication Adherence

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2010

Physicians with higher-than-average medical management and communication skills can have a significant influence on levels of patient adherence to medication regimens, study finds.

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California Cracks Down On Unlicensed Medical Practice

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

Doctors who allow allow unlicensed international medical school graduates to treat patients in private offices or clinics may be issued a citation the state medical board.

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TJC Standards Mum On LGBT Policies

By: Karen M. Cheung, July 1, 2010

Granting or denying clinical privileges on the basis of gender, race, creed, or national origin violates The Joint Commission's medical staff standards, but hospitals are left to decide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community policies on their own.

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A Massachusetts Surprise

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2010

The Massachusetts Health Quality Partners asked 80,000 people how they felt about their primary care physicians in the wake of the state's landmark healthcare reform law. Barbara Rabson, the executive director of MHQP, was surprised by the results.

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Could Medicare Quality Payment Plans Create Inequality?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2010

In the healthcare reform discussion a nagging question remains: could use of pay for performance end up taking funding away from hospitals across the country providing care in poor, underserved areas?

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