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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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Six Ways Future Healthcare Will Emphasize Individualized Care

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 7, 2010

For the next phase of healthcare reform in the United States, leaders will place more emphasis on individualized care—people keeping themselves healthier and out of hospitals, and finding ways to help themselves better manage their own health, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers' HealthCast survey report.

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Docs/Owners at Surgery Centers Operate More Often, Says Study

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2010

Doctors invested in outpatient surgery centers perform about twice as many surgeries as doctors with no such financial stake, according to a new study in the April issue of Health Affairs.

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Recent Earthquakes Renew Interest in Hospitals' Seismic Stability

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 7, 2010

For healthcare executives concerned about the damage earthquakes cause hospitals, Sunday's earthquake just south of the California/Mexico border—and its aftershocks—were no shocker. However, the fact that it did almost no damage to the state's 2,000 hospital buildings—except one in El Centro near the epicenter—was a surprise. Seismic safety is a concern for dozens of California hospitals with buildings that don't meet seismic compliance now, and won't by the state's deadline, 2013 or, in some cases, 2015.

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Despite Shrinking Budgets, Hospitals Maintain Infection Control Funding

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2010

A survey of 200 senior U.S. hospital officials found that in the face of sometimes severe budget constraints, providers across the country are employing sophisticated budget strategies to cut costs, making targeted investments to support growth, and emphasizing patient safety—all while preparing for the ramifications of new healthcare legislation.

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Transparency is Key When Dealing with Health Information Breaches

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

Griffin Hospital’s response plan regarding a recent breach of protected health information was simple: Tell it like it is. Comply with HITECH breach notification requirements. The breach at the 160-licensed-bed facility in Derby, CT, involves allegations that a radiologist formerly affiliated with Griffin improperly had access to the records of nearly 1,000 of the hospital’s patients.

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Highmark Opening More Health Insurance Stores

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, April 7, 2010

In response to the growing health insurance consumer market, Highmark Inc., plans to open four more health insurance stores in Pennsylvania. Highmark, an independent Blue Cross Blue Shield plan with 4.8 million members, expects to open three Highmark Direct stores in the Pittsburgh area, as well as one in Harrisburg.

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Sanford USD Medical Center Named Level II Pediatric Trauma Center

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2010

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma this week verified Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD, as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center—the first and only one for the region.

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Former Mount Sinai Official Indicted for Bid Rigging, Fraud

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 7, 2010

A federal grand jury in Manhattan has indicted a former Mount Sinai Medical Center and School of Medicine purchasing agent for his alleged role in a bid-rigging and fraud conspiracy related to maintenance and insulation contracts at the hospital, the Department of Justice announced. The three-count indictment charges Mario Perciavalle with conspiring to rig bids on the Mount Sinai contracts between June 2004 and September 2005.

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Size Doesn't Matter When You're an Early Adopter of Health IT

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2010

When you think of innovation in healthcare technology, you probably picture a large healthcare provider. But small and rural hospitals are perfectly capable of making investments in new technologies.

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Is Your Board Missing a Nurse?

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2010

Are you making key decisions about patient safety, quality, and the direction of your organization without involving representatives from the field that knows it best?

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Create Extra Capacity, Without Extra Expense

By: April 2, 2010

Wayne Keathley, President of New York's Mt. Sinai Medical Center, discusses adding 10,000 patient discharges per year by working on accountability and efficiency in patient throughput.

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