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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


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Suspicion of Medicare Fraud Triggers Most Reimbursement Suspensions

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 3, 2010

When providers who were overpaid $206 million in Medicare payments were suspended from further reimbursement in 2007 and 2008, the reason was suspicion of fraud rather than simple overpayment in nearly every case, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General.

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Stroke Mortality Rate Higher for Weekend Admissions

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 3, 2010

Regardless of stroke severity, patients admitted to the hospital on weekends are slightly more likely to die than those admitted on weekdays, American Academy of Neurology study shows.

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CDC Stats Underestimate Liver Disease Mortality, Investigators Warn

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, November 3, 2010

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks mortality related to chronic liver disease and cirrhosis as the 12th most common cause of death in U.S. adults, but research presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases suggests the actual ranking should be higher.

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Swallowed Foreign Objects Cost RI Hospital $2M

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 3, 2010

A Rhode Island Hospital report shows that 33 patients needed 305 medical interventions over eight years to remove knives, pens, razor blades, batteries, and other items that were intentionally swallowed.  Hospital costs were paid primarily by Medicare and Medicaid.

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Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration

By: October 28, 2010

Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/breakthroughs/258254/Future-Healthcare-Collaboration-data-and-process-improvement-to-lower-costs-and-raise-quality

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Artificial Limb, Skin Advances Add Sensation

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2010

 Rapid advances in prosthetics technology show promise in helping those with artificial limbs feel sensations such as pressure and heat and, as a result, move more naturally, with more exact dexterity.

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Nurses Aid Haiti; Will Your Hospital Help?

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2010

Long after the TV news cameras have moved on, nurses keep going to earthquake-and now cholera-ravaged Haiti. Many are funded by donations to National Nursing United's Registered Nurse Response Network, a group founded in response to weaknesses in America's disaster response plans exposed after Hurricane Katrina.

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