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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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Urgent Care Could Replace ED For Some Patients, Report Says

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

Use of an urgent care or a retail clinic could substitute for a trip to the emergency department for between 13.7% and 27.1% of  patients RAND report says, but American College of Emergency Physicians disagrees.

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OSHA to Examine Physician Work Hours

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

In response to requests from advocacy groups, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will study the issue of overworked resident physicians in healthcare facilities. Worker fatigue and long work hours can contribute to avoidable medical errors, according to the Labor Department.

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HHS Urges Children's Medicaid, CHIP Coverage

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

Efforts are needed to increase the number of children enrolled for insurance coverage, through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program, the Department of Health and Human Services says.

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Healthcare Provider Vaccination Rates Overdue in CA

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

California is required by law to publish healthcare worker vaccination rates for each acute care hospital but is months past the deadline, according to a report by Consumers Union.

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IRS Releases Healthcare Tax Credit Form

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

The Internal Revenue Service has released a draft form for small businesses and tax-exempt organizations to calculate healthcare tax credits.

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Advances in Science, Technology, Informed Consent

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, September 7, 2010

How many times do you have to get permission from patients before you use their medical data for research? From the patients' point of view, the answer is "every time," a recent study suggests. But as luck would have it, there are tools to help manage and document the informed consent process.

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Executives Gone Wild: Paying the Price for Personal Conduct

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

Ordinarily, the names of hospital CEOs grace the society pages of their local newspapers—not the police blotter. So, it's been off-putting to see a spate of unusual behaviors from a handful of hospital executives and former executives, all of whom allegedly appeared to have exercised poor judgment—or worse.

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'Onboard' New Nurses to Prevent Them from Jumping Ship

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, September 7, 2010

More than simply orientation, onboarding is the process of embedding new employees into the culture and ensuring they become emotionally invested in the organization. Onboarding is crucial for new graduate nurses who face enormous changes as they transition from student nurses to independent RNs.

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6 Strategies for Lowering Bad-Debt Exposure

By: Jeff Elliott for HealthLeaders Media, September 7, 2010

With healthcare reform introducing anywhere from 20 to 40 million new patients into the healthcare system, hospitals must address self-pay balances as a way of controlling bad debt. Here are six ways to gain control of hospital payments.

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