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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

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Federal Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Starting Earlier

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 5, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday it is moving up by three weeks the start of the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program—to June 1, 2010—from the date initially required by the new healthcare reform law. The temporary program is designed to make it easier for employers to provide coverage for early retirees age 55 and older who are not currently eligible for Medicare.

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15 Communities Receive Grants for Health IT Adoption

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, May 5, 2010

Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have awarded $220 million in grants to 15 communities that will pave the way for the nation's ambitious health IT adoption efforts. The funds were set aside in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act last year and awarded through the Beacon Community Program, which aims to strengthen the health IT infrastructure in select communities. The lessons learned from these pilot programs will then be incorporated into nationwide strategies for EHR adoption.

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51 Healthcare Groups Call for Changes Of Federal EHR Adoption Proposal

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2010

Healthcare providers need additional time and greater flexibility to meet criteria of a proposed electronic health record rule published earlier this year, a coalition of 51 groups told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a May 3 letter.

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MGMA: Medical Director Earnings Vary With Practice Ownership

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2010

Directors in hospital-owned practices in emergency medicine earned $20,000 per year while their counterparts in nonhospital-owned practices earned $60,000, according to the Medical Group Management Association Medical Directorship and On-Call Compensation Survey: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data.

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California Has Fewer Acute Care Beds Per Population Than Other Big States

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2010

California has 1.9 hospital beds per 1,000 people, the least of the 10 most populous states, according to a new report from the California HealthCare Foundation.

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CDC, Premier Test Effectiveness of Infection Prevention Tool

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2010

A joint research initiative to test new technologies for predicting incidents of central line associated bloodstream infections will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Premier healthcare alliance.

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Four Steps to the Next Step in Your Social Media Evolution

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2010

Even if your organization isn't officially on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook, your employees are. Enter the next social media hot topic: the employee social media policy.

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Nurses Hold Nurses Week Dear

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2010

I touched a nerve last week when I asked if we still need Nurses Week. Judging from the emails and comments I received, the answer is an emphatic yes.

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