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Seven Health Leaders React to House's Health Reform Legislation

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2009

With its approval of HR 3962 Saturday night, the House of Representatives cleared a major hurdle, but there are still plenty of barriers in place before health reform becomes a reality. Here is what seven health leaders think of the House's reform plan.

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Senate Leaders Aim to Pass Reform Bill This Year

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2009

President Obama has said he wants a healthcare reform bill on his desk by the end of the year. The Senate Democratic leadership is going to try to meet that goal, but it likely will face some major obstacles along the way.

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Medical Confessional Highlights Doctors' Diagnostic Errors

By: Heather Comak and Cheryl Clark, November 10, 2009

When 310 doctors at 22 U.S. healthcare facilities were asked to anonymously confess the diagnostic errors they made or witnessed, the two most frequently listed conditions involved pulmonary embolism and adverse drug reactions, including overdoses and poisoning.

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HHS Will Spend $9 Million on Tracking ASC Infection Rates

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2009

HHS announced that it is spending $9 million in federal stimulus money to help survey agencies in 43 states track healthcare-associated infections in ambulatory surgery centers and other outpatient venues.

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Ingenix Buys CareMedic Services

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2009

UnitedHealth Group's HIT subsidiary Ingenix finalized its second major acquisition in less than six months with the announcement that it will purchase CareMedic Services Inc., a revenue cycle management specialist for hospitals and health systems.

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Feds: Radiologist Had Non-physicians Review Thousands of Patients' Imaging Tests

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2009

Federal officials have indicted an Atlanta radiologist on charges he never reviewed thousands of X-rays and other imaging tests for patients in the Southeast, but had his non-physicians review them instead.

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Three Fundamentals When Designing for Digital Care

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2009

How should organizations be designing or renovating their facilities so they are equipped for a digital healthcare system?

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Dashboards Help Nurses Respond to Quality Data

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2009

Many organizations are finding that quality data dashboards can be an excellent way of communicating information throughout an organization.

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