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Friday, July 30, 2010

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DC Nurses to Vote on Work Stoppage

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2010

More than 1,600 registered nurses at the 900-bed Washington Hospital Center, the largest non-profit hospital in the Washington, DC, area, will will vote over the weekend on whether to go on strike. At issue is the hospital's decision last winter to fire 18 nurses and discipline several more following severe snow storms in the region.

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RACs Denying Post-Discharge Queries

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2010

It's a new trend: RACs are denying post-discharge queries despite published guidance which states that this is an allowable practice. Providers are seeing cases with retrospective queries being denied as a result of the RAC?s individual policy.

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DOJ Amends False Claims Suit Against Georgia Surgeon, Hospital

By: July 30, 2010

The Department of Justice has filed an amended false claims suit against Satilla Regional Medical Center in Waycross, GA, and a staff surgeon, alleging that the doctor botched endovascular procedures that resulted in the death of one patient, and that the hospital ignored complaints from nurses about the surgeon?s competence.

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Hospitalists Unaware of Treatment Costs for Inpatients

By: Karen Cheung, for HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2010

How much does an overnight stay in the ICU cost? $750? $6,000? Haven't got a clue? Many hospitalists don't know either. The cost of an ICU bed per night is $1,107, according to a recent study of two Washington hospitals. The $750-$6,000 range was what physicians at those facilities guessed.

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Pollster: Healthcare Reform 'Fiendishly Complicated'

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2010

Another online poll shows that most Americans are confused by the healthcare reform law. The Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll found that a majority of the 2,104 adults who took the online survey from July 15-19 could correctly identify only four of 18 reforms included in the new law.

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CMS Set on Telemedicine, What About the Lawyers?

By: Emily Berry, for HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2010

For the past few months, hospitals have been on a carousel ride of revolving telemedicine standards, courtesy of The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Now that the accreditors appear to be moving in the same direction, allowing medical staffs to credential and privilege by proxy, hospitals can turn their attention to the legal best practice surrounding these practitioners.

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Healthcare Reform to Assist Uninsured Women

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2010

Researchers with The Commonwealth Fund report the healthcare reform law will "stabilize and reverse" the growing healthcare costs faced in the past decade by 15 million women who are uninsured and 14.5 million women considered underinsured.

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Patients Reading Their Physicians’ Notes Online: A Sign of the Times?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2010

Recent discussions about how electronic health records can improve healthcare delivery mainly have focused on the impact on hospitals, physicians, or nurses. Missing from this lineup: patients.

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AMA Faces a Crossroads

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2010

The Florida Medical Association is considering a resolution to remove itself from the American Medical Association; a sign of the times among conservatives who believe the AMA did not fairly represent physicians during healthcare reform debates.

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