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Medical Error Disclosure Program Found to Reduce Lawsuits

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2010

A program at the University of Michigan Health System to inform patients of harmful medical errors and offer compensation not only saw legal claims drop more than 25%, it also accelerated the resolution of remaining legal issues, study says.

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MRSA-Resistant 'Paint' Kills Bacteria

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2010

A nanoscale coating for surgical equipment, hospital walls, and other surfaces has been demonstrated to kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other staph bacteria, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute say.

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8 Three-Day Rule Tips for Hospitals

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2010

The three-day payment window for hospitals just got more complicated with the release of the 2011 IPPS final rule. Here are eight tips for dealing with the changes.

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CMS Responds to OIG Review of Rehab Facilities

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2010

Inpatient rehabilitation facilities were the recent target of two Office of the Inspector General reviews. While the reports on the reviews contain information pertinent to IRFs, the official CMS response to the findings is notable to many different types of providers.

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CMSS Joins 'Red Flags Rule' Lawsuit Against FTC

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2010

The Council of Medical Specialty Societies has joined the American Medical Association and other groups in a lawsuit against the Federal Trade Commission over the so-called Red Flag Rule, intended to prevent potential cases of identity theft.

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Technology, Cancer Care, and Cost

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2010

Cancer isn't just a leading cause of death in the U.S., it is also the world's costliest disease, according to a new American Cancer Society report. Big-ticket technologies used to diagnose and treat the disease are part of the reason cancer care costs so much—from stereotactic radio surgery systems that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to the massive nuclear particle accelerators used for proton beam therapy.

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Delegation Prevents Nurse Manager Burnout

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2010

Vacations are essential to everyone’s mental health, especially in the stressful world of nursing, where burnout is all too common. Nurse manager burnout is a topic that should be on the minds of senior leadership. Nurse managers are the critical layer of management that makes the difference between organizations meeting their goals or falling short.

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