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Hospital Infection Reporting Standards Inconsistent

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2010

With hospital reimbursements increasingly dependent on reported rates of infections, significant variations remain in the way hospitals measure and report bloodstream infections, researchers find.

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Slashing Medicare Reimbursements Curbs Treatment Overuse

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2010

Cuts in Medicare reimbursements for services that have mixed applications can reduce unnecessary use without reducing effective use in cases that are warranted, researchers find.

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Providers Prep for Medicaid RAC Proposed Rule

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

The release by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of the proposed rule for Medicaid recovery audit contractors sets the stage for an April 2011 implementation date. Providers now need to tighten up their processes for accurate coding.

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Early Dialysis Treatment Increases Mortality Risk

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2010

Patients who begin dialysis earlier in the development of their renal disease have a higher risk of death in the following year than patients who start later, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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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. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/breakthroughs/258254/Future-Healthcare-Collaboration-data-and-process-improvement-to-lower-costs-and-raise-quality

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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. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Lessons in Leadership from Outstanding Nurses

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, November 9, 2010

In a few days, the winners of HCPro's 2010 Nursing Image Awards will be announced. This week, I'm taking time to think about the hundreds who were nominated in the leadership category, which honors a nursing leader who has served as an inspiring leader, mentor, and role model to other nurses.

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Can U.S. Mobile Health Efforts Survive the Wonks and Skeptics?

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, November 9, 2010

Health workers around the world are using mobile devices and wireless technologies to bring healthcare to patients in developing nations, remote regions, and rural villages in ways never before possible. Various barriers are keeping the U.S. from doing the same, and the nation "has a long way to go," says one expert.

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