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AMA Wants Uniform Reentry Guidelines for Physicians

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 26, 2011

With an eye towards the nation’s growing physician shortage, the American Medical Association is calling for a standardized reentry process for physicians who want to return to medicine after an extended absence.

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CT Scans for Abdominal Pain May Reduce Hospitalizations

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 26, 2011

Abdominal complaints are a primary reason for emergency department visits, but the use of CT scans to facilitate diagnosis may reduce hospitalizations, a Massachusetts General Hospital study shows.

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MD Appeals Court Upholds State's Physician Self-Referral Ban

By: January 25, 2011

A state law prohibiting physicians from referring patients for MRI, CT, and radiation therapy services to providers in their own group practice was upheld by a Maryland state appeals court this week.

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As GOP Readies Attack on Healthcare Reforms, HHS Touts Benefits

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 25, 2011

The Affordable Care Act lowers prescription drug costs, extend the life of the Medicare trust by 12 years, and helps prevent fraud, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius contends.

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Tips to Engage Nurses in Mandatory Training

By: Jo-Ann Byrne, RN, for HealthLeaders Media, January 25, 2011

From video gaming approaches to learning management systems, unique training strategies can engage nurses and boost participation, says Jo-Ann Byrne, RN, director of education and organizational development at St. Vincent’s Healthcare.

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Nurse Advocate Exhibits Nursing Images at U.S. Capitol

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, January 25, 2011

An exhibition of nursing photographs on display in Washington D.C. seeks to increase awareness of the vital role of nursing.

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5 Ways to Engage Patients in PHRs

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, January 25, 2011

 One of the "five pillars" of meaningful use is to engage patients in personal health records. It isn't only about HITECH requirements and stimulus money - - it's also a way to improve the patient experience, foster better outcomes, and reduce readmissions.

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Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services

By: December 16, 2010

Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women’s loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women’s health marketing experts. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9339&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Audio conference: Under IRS Scrutiny: Ensuring Compliant Hospital-Physician Compensation Plans

By: January 10, 2011

As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9412&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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