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Exeter Hospital Tech Had 'Open Lesions'

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2012

A federal complaint survey details numerous drug safety and infection control lapses at the New Hampshire hospital and reveals that the technician at the center of a drug diversion investigation was "seen in the lab with open wounds."

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Recovery Auditor Prepayment Review Demos Imminent

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2012

Prepayment reviews on types of claims associated with high rates of improper payments will begin this month in seven states known to have high populations of fraud- and error-prone providers, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Adverse Events and Other Rants: 10 Favorite Reads

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2012

Chalk it up to vacations, Supreme Court decision withdrawal, or election anticipation. Take your pick of excuses. There wasn't much in the news this week to inspire my usual quality rant, so here are 10 of my favorite columns so far this year.

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Doctors Caught Between Patient Pain, Prescriptions

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2012

Physicians are confronting states' tightening treatment requirements, while the federal government weighs the possibility of mandatory educational plans for doctors to deal with the "epidemic" of prescription drug abuse, particularly opioids. Not all doctors are happy about it.

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Webcast: Going Mobile—Defining Strategy and Establishing Metrics

By: July 30, 2012

Date: August 28, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Mobile solutions provide new ways to serve patients, improve efficiency, and deliver greater value. Discover how Swedish Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and Mercy Health have built mobile strategies that advance their business goals and how you can too. Get proven strategies from industry leaders in a new interview-driven format, expanded Q&A, online forum, takeaway presentation, and 60-day post-event on-demand access.

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Intelligence Report: Patient Experience and HCAHPS—Little Consensus on a Top Priority

By: August 9, 2012

While 84% of health leaders rank "patient experience" among their top three priorities, less than half of them are making patient experience-specific investments. This original research and analysis, produced with support from Medseek, offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from CaroMont Health, Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Inc., and Provena Health.

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