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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

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CDC To Track Prevention Progress with Monthly ’Vital Signs’

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2010

Although the percentage of Americans who receive recommended breast and colon cancer screening has risen, millions are not getting the tests that could save thousands of lives, officials for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today in the first in a monthly series of reports called “CDC Vital Signs.“

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Large Patient Information Breaches Passes Century Mark

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2010

The number of entities reporting breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals has hit the 100 mark and then some. As of Friday, July 2, the number of entities reporting the egregious breaches to the government’s HIPAA privacy and security enforcer hit 107.

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Hospital Employment Drop Continues

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 2, 2010

For the second straight month -- and the first time in more than 10 years -- the nation's hospitals shed more jobs than they created, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data released Friday morning.

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Medicare Slows Down Select DME Reimbursements

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2010

Medicare beneficiaries in nine areas of the country who use certain durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) could see average price reductions of about 32% off the current cost of those items come Jan. 1, 2011. The savings will be realized through the first round of a new competitive bidding program to determine the price Medicare pays for the equipment.

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Automated Calls Increase Colon Cancer Screenings

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2010

At least 30% more people were encouraged to get screenings for colon cancer following automated phone reminders, according to a Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research study funded by the National Cancer Institute.

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Hospitals Help Pay For Doc Fix While Pharma Gets A Pass

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, July 2, 2010

President Obama stands ready to sign a bill that will postpone the controversial 21% cut in physician reimbursement from Medicare. But it's not as simple as that.

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