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Thursday, September 9, 2010

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Physicians: Mobile Devices Expedite Decision Making

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

Two thirds of physicians say they are using personal devices for mobile health solutions and 40% of patients say they'd be willing to pay for a remote monitoring device that sends health information to their doctors, a PriceWaterhouse survey says.

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OIG: Medicare Contractor Overpaid $39.2 Million for Diabetics’ Supplies

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

An audit by the Office of the Inspector General finds deficient claims by NHIC Corp, one of four regional Medicare contractors that review and pay durable medical equipment claims under Part B.

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7 Tips for RAC Region A Providers

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2010

Providers dealing with the Region A Recovery Audit Contractor can lessen the potential impact and even hope to avoid denials by implementing these expert tips.

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Fall Prevention Strategies Depend on Indoor, Outdoor Risk Factors

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

Older adults have different risk factors when it comes to indoor  and outdoor falls. This subtle variation is often ignored and should affect how  fall prevention programs are structured, study says.

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How Patient-centered Surgery Boosts Hospitals' Bottom Line

By: Health Governance Report, September 9, 2010

The OR increasingly acts as a financial engine for the organization, and more complex surgeries and greater volume typically add up to a better bottom line.

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How More Health Insurance Adds Up to Less Healthcare

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2010

More employers are offering health insurance to their employees, but workers are paying more and getting less than in previous years. That's according to the 2010 Employer Health Benefits Survey, released last week by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. A goal of the Affordable Care Act is to insure 95% of the U.S. population, but the Kaiser report suggests that coverage alone may not necessarily deliver more healthcare.

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Rush University Medical Center Lets Its Doctors Do The Talking

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, September 8, 2010

Hospitals can garner positive publicity by allowing doctors' and staff's personality to shine through in advertising. Rush University Medical Center did just that in a recent campaign.

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5 Tips for Avoiding Diagnostic Errors

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

One in 10 medical diagnoses may be wrong. Doctors are missing an enormous opportunity to save lives, prolong or improve lives, avoid waste in the healthcare system and save money. A patient safety expert shares five ways to begin addressing what is an imperfect system.

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