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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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AMA: Swift Congressional Action on SGR 'Critical'

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 9, 2010

The American Medical Association is urging lawmakers to vote before the Thanksgiving break for a 1% physician pay increase for one year and delay a final vote on the sustainable growth rate.

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ASHG Research Emphasizes Medical Value of Family History

By: Roxanna Guilford-Blake, for HealthLeaders Media, November 9, 2010

Integrating patients' family health data in clinical practice remains the "gold standard" for identifying disease risk, according to research presented at the American Society of Human Genetics.

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Norton Healthcare Partners with UK HealthCare

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 9, 2010

Kentucky's UK HealthCare and Norton Healthcare will develop a statewide system of care to address clinical services, teaching programs, children's health issues, and federal healthcare reform.

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Data Security Inadequate at 71% of Hospitals

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, November 9, 2010

The majority of hospitals surveyed said federal regulations such as the HITECH Act have not improved the safety of patient records, research from research from the Ponemon Institute shows.

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5 Tips for Physician EHR Adoption

By: Liz Jones, for HealthLeaders Media, November 9, 2010

Hospitals run the risk of losing some physicians if electronic medical record implementation becomes more of an obstacle than an opportunity. Here are some tips medical teams have already piloted with success for keeping physicians on board with EHRs.

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Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration

By: October 28, 2010

Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned.

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned.

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Online Recurring Payments Cut Bad Debt Simply, Cheaply

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, November 8, 2010

In an effort to reduce billing costs, one hospital is using self-service technology to give patients the ability to create recurring payment plans for their outstanding balances.

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Time for Healthcare Industry to Examine Tobacco Use Policy

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

Until the last decade or so, hospitals were notable laggards in the antismoking effort. Now some healthcare organizations are taking the antismoking crusade one big step further, incentivizing employees to kick the habit, or banning the hiring of tobacco users outright.

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