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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Moderate H1N1 Pandemic Could Flood Los Angeles Hospitals

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2009

Cancelling elective surgeries, increasing respiratory beds, and ignoring patients' insurance status will do little to manage a moderate influenza outbreak, and much less to abate a severe one that may strike Los Angeles County. A recently released report predicts that a moderate outbreak of influenza will increase emergency room visits by 201,800, or by 15%, in a 25-week scenario. In a more severe model of an influenza epidemic, ED visits will rise by nearly 500,000, or about 37%.

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Patients, Docs Rip ED Waits in Massachusetts

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2009

Nearly two-thirds of Massachusetts emergency physicians report more patients are seeking emergency care as result of state healthcare reforms, and nearly two-thirds of Massachusetts residents say their ED wait times have increased or remained the same, according to two polls.

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Joint Commission Releases Pre-publication Standards

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2009

The Joint Commission has released the prepublication versions of its 2010 standards for all programs, now available online. The Joint Commission traditionally unveils the standards for the coming year a month or more in advance. These will remain posted until December 1, 2009, at which point both the electronic (e-dition) and print version of the 2010 manual will be distributed to hospitals.

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Health Insurer Web Portal Aims to Simplify Physicians' Paperwork Processing

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2009

Beginning next month, physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers in Ohio will have the opportunity to tackle the time and expense of "the paperwork monster" when health plans in the state introduce a new Web portal designed to streamline tasks such as billing, confirming eligibility, and referrals to other physicians or services.

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Give Physicians Support, Tools to Improve Working Environment

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2009

Physicians and other healthcare professionals are looking at a very distinct possibility that they will soon be asked to work harder for more people and probably not make as much money.

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Three Barriers to Effectively Using Information Stored in EHRs

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2009

The healthcare industry won't realize the full value of its investment in EHRs until it finds secondary uses for all of the data being captured, according to a new report.

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Tears and Cheers: A Celebration of Nursing's Image

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2009

A few weeks ago, in a non-descript ballroom at a nice Boston hotel, I experienced what I can honestly say was one of the highlights of my career.

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