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Monday, February 15, 2010

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Nursing Associations Applaud Verdict in Texas Whistleblower Case

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

State and national nurses associations are applauding a jury's quick verdict to acquit a Texas nurse of felony charges for reporting a physician to a state oversight board for allegedly providing unsafe patient care. "If anything was to be gained from the absurdity of this criminal trial, it is the reaffirmation that a nurse's duty to advocate for the health and safety of patients supersedes all else," said Susy Sportsman, RN, president of Texas Nurses Association.

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Beyond Meaningful Use

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Magazine, February 4, 2010

Technology can help the healthcare industry achieve better outcomes and cost savings, but only if providers incorporate decision-support tools and a coordinated approach to delivering care.

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Breach Prevention is Critical as HIPAA Compliance Worlds Collide

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, February 12, 2010

Privacy and security officers have to comply with more rules than ever. The Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags rule, existing HIPAA laws, and the new Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act require more of covered entities. How should your facility handle these added regulations?

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GOP Bashes Health Reform Summit

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, February 15, 2010

The White House has invited more than three dozen top lawmakers in the healthcare reform debate—20 Democrats and 17 Republicans from the House and Senate—to meet and discuss healthcare reform in a televised conference on Feb. 25. Some GOP members, though, are questioning the motives of the President.

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Senate Removes Medicare Payment Cut Delay from Jobs Bill

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

The American Medical Association got what it wanted when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid removed a provision from the Senate jobs bill. The plan, which the AMA opposed, would have extended a Medicare payment cut for seven more months. Other healthcare provisions were removed as well.

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Anthem Delays Rate Hikes as California, Feds Turn up Heat

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, February 15, 2010

Under pressure from state and federal officials, Anthem Blue Cross on Saturday agreed to postpone a proposed rate increase in California for at least two months, while the state insurance department examines the legality of the proposal. Anthem will delay the rate increase, which was expected to begin March 1 and will mean a 39% hike for some individual insurance members, until at least May 1, according to Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner of California.

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White House Earmarks Nearly $1B for Healthcare IT, Future Jobs

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, February 12, 2010

The White House announced nearly $1 billion in Recovery Act funds designed to help healthcare providers advance health information technology and train thousands of workers for future healthcare jobs. The awards will help make health IT available to more than 100,000 hospitals and primary care physicians by 2014.

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Language and Cultural Barriers Hurting Patient Care, Say Physicians

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, February 15, 2010

Nearly half of U.S. physicians say language or other cultural barriers are obstacles to providing high-quality patient care, according to a study released by the Center for Studying Health System Change. Forty-eight percent of all physicians in 2008 reported difficulties communicating with patients because of language or cultural barriers, and said they considered the situation at least a minor problem affecting their ability to provide high-quality care.

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Healthcare CEOs Focusing on the Now

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, February 12, 2010

Here's a statement that should get your attention: CEOs are less concerned about quality and patient safety this year than last year.

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Reducing Costs, Not Quality

By: February 12, 2010

Hackensack (NJ) Medical Center President and CEO Robert Garrett discusses the findings of our HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2010.

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