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Thursday, September 30, 2010

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Healthcare Job Postings Drop, Employment Demand Rises

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 30, 2010

Online ads for healthcare practitioners and technical workers fell in September due to decreases in advertised vacancies for registered nurses, and physical and occupational therapists. Vacancies, however, continue to outnumber skilled job seekers by 2 to 1, a report shows.

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Medical Groups Sound Alarm on SGR 'Crisis'

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 30, 2010

Without action by Congress, a 23% cut in physician fees Dec. 1, will be followed by a 6.5% cut Jan. 1, reductions mandated by the sustainable growth rate formula and many physicians who now accept Medicare beneficiaries will stop doing so, the physician groups say.

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VA Issues Final Rule on Infectious Diseases

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 30, 2010

A final regulation from the Veterans Administration establishes presumptions of service connection for nine specific infectious diseases associated with military service in the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

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Care Management Solutions Go Mobile

By: Kevin Maher, RN, MHA, September 29, 2010

Care management gets a boost from mobile health applications such as a do-it-yourself online symptom advisor, nurse advice line, and care management program within a single, full-featured smartphone application.

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Hospital Marketing Puts Focus on Physicians

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, September 13, 2010

Effective  physician input is crucial to a successful strategic marketing plan.

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Mass. Inches Toward ACO Model

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2010

Massachusetts, the first state to adopt near-universal healthcare coverage is out in front of healthcare reform once again. This time, the idea is to revamp the system by which physicians and hospitals are paid, from the current fee-for service model to a global payments model. This is a key step toward adoption of the Accountable Care Organization model, which is getting a lot of attention from both providers and payers, even though it is still loosely defined and largely untested.

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Invest in Interactive Media to Enhance Patient Experience

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2010

In addition to granting unfettered access to websites, other media, such as patient portals, educational video games can alleviate patient frustration.

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A Call for Standardized Infection Detection Practices

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2010

A review of pediatric intensive care units turns up variability among catheter-associated bloodstream infection practices and raises a compelling argument for standardizing the way all hospitals look for such infections, not just in pediatric institutions, but in adult acute care facilities, too.

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