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Wednesday, June 9, 2010


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Open Records Pilot Project Looks To Reinvigorate Patient-Physician Dialogue

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

Allowing patients access to their personal medical records is a decades-old idea. Yet, the idea has yet to catch on. But a pilot project may rekindle the movement and measure the impact of patient access to medical records.

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New AHRQ Software Made Available to Build Hospital Quality Website

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 9, 2010

After more than two years of development, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released its MONAHRQ (My Own Network powered by AHRQ) software that hospitals can use without charge to compile, analyze, and post data on the quality and cost of their healthcare. The Windows-based software is designed to permit hospitals and other users to create customized Websites with data that can be used either for internal quality improvement or public reporting of quality information.

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Senate Amendment Includes Temporary Doc Fix, Plus Medicaid Extension

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 9, 2010

Under the Senate substitute amendment to the jobs bill (HR 4213) unveiled Tuesday, physicians would get some relief from the 21% cut in Medicare and TRICARE physician reimbursements now in effect. Using the same language found in the jobs bill passed by the House 10 days ago, physicians would see an increase in payment rates of 2.2% for the remainder of 2010 and a 1% increase in 2011. Rates would return to present law after 2011.

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Virginia Says It Can Challenge Federal Government over Mandate

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 9, 2010

In response to the motion filed two weeks ago by the Obama administration to dismiss Virginia's lawsuit over the new federal healthcare reform law, State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli countered in his motion filed this week that the state can challenge the federal government over the individual mandate to purchase healthcare insurance.

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Feds Mount $1M Medicare Fraud Awareness Campaign as $250 Donut Hole Checks Get Mailed

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

With Medicare's $250 donut hole rebate checks to be mailed Thursday, the federal government has launched a fraud prevention campaign to warn seniors about potential scams.

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iPhone 4: Pixel Boost a Boon for Healthcare Apps

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, June 8, 2010

Unveiled yesterday, the iPhone 4 is thinner, prettier, and has a longer battery life than its predecessor. But that's not the biggest news for healthcare professionals.

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Increasing Nurses' Competency With Geriatric Patients

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, June 8, 2010

With an aging population, acute care hospitals are seeing more elderly patients, increasing the need for nurses competent in geriatrics and gerontology.

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