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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Federal Panel Defines Comparative Effectiveness Research

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

The issuance today of recommendations from the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research to Congress and the Obama administration will likely receive close attention from all sides of the healthcare reform debate--particularly over defining the phrase "comparative effectiveness."

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Five Key Questions About an Insurance Exchange

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2009

Imagine a Web site that allows consumers to compare health insurance plans and select one that best suits their needs. That just may become a reality if lawmakers include an insurance exchange as part of the larger healthcare reform package. There are a number of different insurance exchange proposals in Washington and they vary in a number of areas.

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Who's the Best? Web site Ranks Most States in Quality Measures

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2009

The Agency for Health Research and Quality recently expanded its "State Snapshots" to illustrate with colorful graphics the wide variation in care provided from state to state across the country. "Every state has areas where it does well, as well as opportunities for improvement. We generally think this is a good 'get people going' kind of tool," says Ernest Moy, MD, medical officer for the Agency for Health Research and Quality, which produced the Web-based application.

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Five New Chronic Assessment Categories Added to Bridges to Excellence

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

Bridges to Excellence will now assess the diagnosis, treatment, and management of new five chronic conditions: asthma, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease, and hypertension.

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Michael Jackson's Death Offers Chance to Review Hospital Lockdowns

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

The outpouring of fan grief and media interest following Michael Jackson's death June 25 reverberated in the Los Angeles hospital where Jackson's body arrived, all of which provides interesting lessons for CEOs.

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NQF: Pharmacists Should Take Greater Role in Patient Safety

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2009

The National Quality Forum recently called for increased leadership and accountability on the part of hospital pharmacists.

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