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Nine More Hospitals Fined $550,000 for Putting Patients at Risk

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 21, 2010

A physician who lacked privileges to perform nephrectomies took out the wrong kidney at a Riverside hospital. A newborn required intubation after receiving IV morphine sulfate intended for the mother in Mission Viejo. And a gero-psychiatric patient suffered a brain bleed and died after his recliner, which lacked crossbars, fell backwards in Poway. Those three incidents are among 10 that resulted in "immediate jeopardy" to patients, with fines totaling $550,000, in the latest round of penalties against nine California hospitals, state health officials announced yesterday.

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University of Florida, Shands HealthCare announce $580M Collaboration

By: John Commins, May 20, 2010

The University of Florida Health Science Center and Shands HealthCare today announced a $580 million, five-year collaboration to promote quality, patient safety, community engagement, and expansion of research and education in the Gainesville area.

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U.S. HealthWorks Acquires Two Healthcare Centers in California

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 21, 2010

Occupational healthcare provider U.S. HealthWorks today announced the acquisition of Technimed Occupational Medicine and its two healthcare centers in Vernon, and Commerce, CA. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. With the acquisition, Valencia, CA-based U.S. HealthWorks now operates 66 medical centers in California and 134 nationwide.

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MEDNAX Finalizes New Acquisitions

By: John Commins, May 21, 2010

MEDNAX, Inc. announced this week that it has finalized the acquisitions of Associates in Neonatology, PA, in Fort Myers, FL, and four physician neonatal practices in Syracuse, NY. Financial details of the cash transactions were not disclosed. Associates in Neonatology's six physicians staff the Level III neonatal ICU at Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, the area's only Regional Perinatal ICU, which provides specialized care for high-risk pregnancies, and neonatal ICU services to critically ill and low birth weight newborns.

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Healthcare Reform: Increased Demand Intensifies Safety Concerns

By: Evan Sweeney, for HealthLeaders Media, May 20, 2010

As the initial waves of the newly passed healthcare reform law begin to ripple out, safety committee members should consider how the changes could affect environment of care and occupational health concerns.

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More Than Just RACs: Hospital Shares Its MIC Experience

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, May 20, 2010

Unlike RACs, which had a demonstration period and received more sustained publicity, MICs have proceeded largely under the radar of many organizations. As a result, providers may be surprised and unprepared for the MIC audits.

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Alzheimer's Disease to Cost U.S. $20 Trillion over next 40 years

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

The cumulative care costs of Alzheimer's disease over the next 40 years will exceed $20 trillion unless treatments to modify or delay onset of the incurable disease are discovered, according to a report from the Alzheimer's Association.

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Lessons Learned from Vermont on Building Community ACOs

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 20, 2010

Tucked into the new healthcare reform law are provisions to test accountable care organizations (ACOs). But before most people even knew what ACO stood for, Vermont was ahead of the curve.

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Mailer and Me: Do You Have Any Paper?

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, May 20, 2010

For more and more physicians, the familiar "paper chase" is nearing the end of the line.

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