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ONC Names First EHR Certification Bodies

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2010

With the announcement of the testing and certification bodies, EHR vendors now can begin to have their products certified as meeting and supporting meaningful use criteria released in July by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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HHS Kicks Off Early Retiree Reinsurance Program

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2010

Nearly 2,000 businesses and other employers accepted into the program will receive reimbursement for medical claims for early retirees. Savings can be used for reducing employer healthcare costs.

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CMS Hears Provider Concerns Over 'Observation' Status

By: September 1, 2010

Officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are hearing mounting concerns from providers over a Medicare billing category for patients not sick enough to qualify for admission but too sick to be sent home.

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Baptist Health System Announces Layoffs, Reorg

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2010

Restructuring at the Jackson, Mississippi health system comes with 200 job cuts. A review of operations has identified $16 million in savings, about $13 million of which will come through renegotiating supply contracts and system efficiencies.

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6 in 10 Adult Californians Obese or Overweight

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2010

Californians are following the same trend as the rest of the nation with increased weight gain and diabetes cases, according to a report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

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5 Technologies to Make Surgery Safer

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2010

There are plenty of technologies that can help make the OR a safer place—from systems that keep track of sponges and to robots that may someday be able to deliver anesthesia remotely to systems that help counteract alert fatigue.

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Nurse Residency Programs Pay For Themselves

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2010

The leap from nursing school to practice is tough and many hospitals complain that nursing school does not prepare students for the real world of nursing. Enter the concept of nurse residency programs. Its fills the gap between school and practice, similar to physician residency programs. The intent is to continue education, mentoring, and support to enable novices to become competent practitioners.

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