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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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VA Issues Final Rule Addressing Agent Orange Exposure

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2010

Rule expands the list of health problems VA presumes to be related to Agent Orange and other herbicide exposures with two new conditions and an expanded category for another condition.

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6 Pain Treatment Tips for Physicians, Payers

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2010

The American Pain Foundation advises that healcare teams design individual, comprehensive, multimodal pain management plans for their patients.

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Labor Board Restores Cambridge Hospital Nurse Benefits

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2010

Massachusetts' Commonwealth Employment Relations Board has ruled that the Cambridge Health Alliance violated state labor laws when it declared an impasse in negotiations and cut health benefits for retired nurses by 40%.

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Sutter Health Physician Data Available Via Mobile App

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2010

Using the iTriage application, potential patients of the California health system can see a doctor's board certification or practice specialty, hours and office addresses, languages spoken, medical training and degrees, and affiliations and referral networks, via iPhone or Droid.

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CNA Bias Claims Against Sutter Health: Discrimination or Desperation?

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

The California Nurses Association has raised troubling accusations of ethnic discrimination against Sutter Health's California Pacific Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco. The union alleges that CPMC and St. Luke's Hospital are "engaged in systematic discrimination against the hiring of Filipino registered nurses." CNA leaders, flanked by Filipino community leaders, made the accusations during an Aug. 19 press conference.

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Healthcare M&As To Face Greater Scrutiny?

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2010

Consolidation in the healthcare industry has begun to attract the attention of anti-trust officials, journalists, and other watchdogs.  With so much focus at the federal level on cutting waste and bending the long-term cost curve, officials will likely have a close eye on the line between competitive advantage and anti-competitive pricing.

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