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Federal Panel Hears Advice, Concerns about Comparative Effectiveness Research Efforts

By: Janice Simmons, April 15, 2009

The new 15-member Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research, authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to assist federal agencies in coordinating and comparing the effectiveness of health services research, heard suggestions from the public April 14 in Washington on where to focus its efforts.

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ACEP: Health Reform for EDs, Too

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 15, 2009

Feeling neglected and marginalized in the debate over healthcare reform, nearly 400 emergency physicians from across the nation will head to Washington, DC, next week to make a case for improving patient access to emergency medical care and pushing Congress and the White House for a greater role in how healthcare is restructured.

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Conflict-of-Interest Policies Aim to Strengthen Pharma Ties

By: Marianne Aiello, April 15, 2009

When Massachusetts health system Partners Healthcare announced new industry interaction recommendations for doctors on Friday, it was just the latest piece of erosion in the changing landscape of the healthcare-pharma relationship.

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NY Hospital Targets Zero MRSA Cases in Unit

By: Matt Phillion, April 14, 2009

When Rochester (NY) General Health System determined to cut down on Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus in its cardiothoracic unit, the organization didn't just see the number of cases shrink—there has not been a MRSA case in the unit since January of 2008. "It's all about execution," says Linda Greene, RN, director of infection prevention and control.

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OIG Open Letter Leaves Providers with Self-Disclosure Questions

By: Ben Amirault, April 14, 2009

The OIG established new requirements for the Self-Disclosure Protocol in what experts believe is an attempt to clear smaller cases from the OIG's plate. But legal experts say providers might find their own plates are filling up with violations they cannot disclose.

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Study Finds Multicolored Scrubs Brighten Pediatric Care

By: Keri Mucci, April 14, 2009

A study published in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing examining the effect of multicolored, nonconventional attire on hospitalized children found it improved children's and parents' perceptions of the nurses providing them care. These enhanced perceptions led to increased comfort for the pediatric patients and increased confidence among parents of the nurses' abilities.

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