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Physician Payments for Journal Articles Scrutinized

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2010

Disclosures of physician payments for authorship have been inconsistent—even when the information could have been verified independently by the journals, researchers find.

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HHS Awards $14M to Study Racial, Ethnic Group Interventions

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2010

Research will focus on issues such as breast and prostate cancer in underserved populations and cardio?metabolic issues in Native American and Pacific people.

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Overtriage of Trauma Patients Costly, On the Rise

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2010

Health systems are increasingly and unnecessarily transferring trauma patients to a different, often higher-level facility— pushing healthcare costs up, researchers report.

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Physicians' Performance-based Incentive Plans Increasing

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2010

Annual performance-based incentive plans are growing for physicians in both presence and scale, according to consultants Hay Group's 2010 Physician Compensation Survey.

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HHC: 12 Million to Improve NYC Hospitals’ IT, Facilities

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2010

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation has been awarded two grants totaling $12.8 million for projects that include creating a medical home model for schizophrenics, and renovating facilities to provide more efficient care of diabetics and other chronic care patients.

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CFOs: What 2011 Holds for Hospitals

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, September 13, 2010

For the past few years, CFOs have been slashing costs to save their bottom lines from the economic recession. And with economists split over whether the recession will double-dip or maintain a slow recovery, hospital finance leaders are making their own educated guesses for their 2011 strategic plans.

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Long Days Make Radiologists Less Accurate

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2010

The ability of radiologists to detect fractures after a day of viewing images declines significantly compared to their diagnostic accuracy at the start of the day, according to a report published this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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Berwick Pushes for Quality

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2010

In his first public speech as head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Donald Berwick, MD, made references to quality improvement in healthcare a theme that will likely be highlighted during his term.

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Coordinated Care Needed Now

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2010

Neither higher amounts of primary care services nor routine visits with a primary care clinician is by itself a "guarantee" that a patient will experience better health outcomes.  What works? Coordination of care, the authors of a Dartmouth study say.

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