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FDA Urged to Issue Identifier System for Medical Devices

By: July 9, 2010

The creation of a unique device identifier may be "the missing link" to protect the safety of patients by improving processes for device recalls and corrections, a patient safety coalition says.

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Outpatient, Readmission Data Added to Hospital Compare Site

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has expanded the amount of information available on its Hospital Compare website to include 11 new outpatient measures, along with updated information related to mortality and readmissions rates for patients with heart failure, heart attacks, and pneumonia.

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Bisognano to Succeed Berwick as IHI CEO

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2010

With the appointment this week of Institute for Healthcare Improvement President and CEO Don Berwick, MD, as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Cambridge, MA-nonprofit has named its executive vice president and chief operating officer, Maureen Bisognano, as its new head.

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North Shore-LIJ Requires New Nurses to Have BSN

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 12, 2010

North Shore–LIJ Health System said today that starting Sept. 1 it will require newly hired nurses to either hold a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree or earn one within five years. Nurses who do not have a BSN must enroll in a bachelor’s degree program within two years of their hire date and earn their degree within five years. North Shore–LIJ offers tuition assistance to employees for BSN degrees, and flexible onsite nursing degree programs with several Long Island universities and colleges.

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CHS Acquires Marion Regional Healthcare System

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

Community Health Systems, Inc. has acquired Marion Regional Healthcare System in Marion, SC, the Franklin, TN–based private hospital chain announced this week. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The system includes Marion Regional Hospital, a 124–bed, full–service, acute–care hospital, Mullins Nursing Center, a 92–bed skilled nursing facility, and other ancillary services.

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Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2010

Cancer mortality has been steadily declining for two decades, according to data from the American Cancer Society. Decreases in three major cancer sites: lung, prostate, and colorectal accounted for most of the decrease in men, while dips in breast and colorectal cancers accounted for the majority of the drop in rates among women.

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White House Calls to Streamline Coverage of PTSD for Vets

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 12, 2010

President Obama said that the Department of Veterans Affairs will begin to make it easier for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to receive the treatment and benefits that they need.

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Lower Mortality, Higher Patient Satisfaction Starts with Turnover

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2010

If a hospital or health system CEO isn't concerned about employee turnover, by extension, he or she is OK with higher patient mortality. Put more bluntly, "if the CEO doesn't own turnover he's more comfortable with more people dying than need to," says Quint Studer, the healthcare leadership guru.

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