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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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Report Second-Guesses Health Reform Laws but Finds Good Bang for the Buck

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 8, 2010

Could health reform laws have been structured differently to enable more than 28 million people to become newly insured by 2016, and spend less federal money? Yes, say RAND Health researchers in a new report. But the consequence would have been politically messy and infeasible, according to the report.

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Preparing for the July Effect: Five Strategies for Integrating New Residents

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2010

Deaths from medication errors appear to increase in July, perhaps because of the addition of new and inexperienced residents in that month, according to a new study. But many hospitals have implemented policies in the past five years to better integrate new healthcare professionals and prevent the "July effect."

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Joint Commission Pushes Back Telemedicine Requirements Until March 2011

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2010

The Joint Commission's plan to implement CMS telemedicine standards for hospitals (both acute and critical access) has been pushed back until March 2011, according to an official announcement from the accrediting body.

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Tenet Ends Acquisition Talks with Australia's Healthscope

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 8, 2010

Tenet Healthcare Corp. said yesterday it has ended acquisition talks with Healthscope Limited, the second-largest private hospital company in Australia. Last week, Tenet confirmed the usually confidential discussions were under way to quell rumors that it said were affecting Tenet stock. Healthscope owns and operates 43 hospitals representing approximately 15% of Australia's private hospital market, and also operates the country's third-largest pathology business.

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Some Hospitals Falling Short of Protecting for Gay Patients

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 8, 2010

An evaluation of 200 of the nation's largest hospitals found that 42% currently do not have policies in place to fully protect gay and lesbian patients from restrictions based on sexual orientation, according to a report released Monday by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. These policies, though, may soon be changing. In April, President Obama requested that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius initiate rulemaking to lift restrictions on unrelated visitors to act as surrogate decision makers and to visit hospitalized patients.

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Bravado Does Bring About Success: The Tale of Saint Barnabas

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2010

At the end of this week, June 11, is the Feast of Saint Barnabas, so it seems fitting that this is the week I should tell you two tales of Saint Barnabas—the man and the New Jersey Health System.

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Let's Raise Public Awareness of Hospital Violence

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

Amid everything else hospitals have to worry about, it's small wonder that hospital violence has not gotten the attention it deserves. Thankfully, this appears to be changing.

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