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Meaningful Use Provisions Challenged at Hill Hearing

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 21, 2010

Are the new "meaningful use" guidelines enough to improve the standard for quality? Some Republican members of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee do not believe so and used Tuesday's hearing to challenge the meaningful use requirements. Much less is expected from the healthcare providers receiving subsidies under the new measures than what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services had initially proposed...

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Digesting the HIPAA Proposed Rule

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, July 21, 2010

The proposed rule that modifies the HIPAA privacy, security, and enforcement rules has been published in the Federal Register for about a week. And while it may not be time to flip your HIPAA compliance program upside down—it is, after all, a proposed rule that could go final anytime after the last comment is sealed by HHS Sept. 13—you should take note of several items from the rule.

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Plagiarism Found in Residency Applications

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 21, 2010

Plagiarism can be found in many types of applications—including applications to large medical residency programs, according to researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In a study of 4,975 residency applications essays sent to the hospital for an 18-month period, at least one in 20 essays—and maybe more—appeared to be plagiarized.

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Johns Hopkins Inks Deal With Florida's ACH

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2010

All Children's Hospital & Health System in St. Petersburg, FL, has signed a letter of intent to join the Johns Hopkins Health System as a fully integrated member. The non-cash transaction between the two not-for-profit health systems—the first of its kind for JHHS outside of the Baltimore region—is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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Sanford MeritCare Now Sanford Health

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2010

Sioux Falls-based Sanford Health and MeritCare, the largest not-for-profit rural health care system in the nation, are now collectively known as Sanford Health, in honor of philanthropist and South Dakota businessman Denny Sanford.

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CMS Meaningful Use Rules Are Final: Now What?

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2010

Leaders from healthcare organizations and associations, lawyers, consultants, IT vendors, and a host of other experts are slogging their way through all 800-plus pages of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule for the meaningful use of electronic health records. They have plenty of opinions about what's right and what's wrong with the rules. And that's fine. But it's also a good idea to think about something more important than what could have or should have been: What happens next?

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NY Health System’s Bold Stance on Nurse Preparation

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2010

Why do you need so little education to be a nurse? Physical therapists are required to have a doctoral degree for entry into practice. Speech therapists need a master's. But the most important figures in patient care can enter practice with only as associate's degree.

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