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Red Flags Rule Enforcement Starts on Saturday

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2009

Saturday marks the enforcement date of the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule—barring another delay, of course. That means starting Saturday, the FTC can officially audit your facility if you haven't complied with the Red Flags Rule.

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Better Integrated Care for Medicare/Medicaid Dual Eligibles Could Lower Costs

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2009

Adults who are dually eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare coverage are among the most chronically ill and costly patients. Most of these eight million "duals" frequently are receiving fragmented, uncoordinated, and ultimately high-cost care, according to a new report.

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Half of ED Nurses Report Assaults at Work

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2009

One in four of the 3,465 emergency nurses surveyed say they've been assaulted more than 20 times in the past three years, and one in five nurses have been verbally abused more than 200 times during the same period.

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Sicker Patients Seeking Emergency Care

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2009

More patients who sought medical care at a declining number of California emergency rooms are a lot sicker, and slightly more of them required admission in 2007 than they did five years earlier, according to an analysis of facility discharge data from 10 of the state's largest counties.

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More Nurses Seek Help for Substance Abuse

By: Keri Mucci, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2009

Peer Assistance Services, a Colorado nonprofit organization that provides guidance, support, and rehabilitation services for healthcare professionals, has seen an increase in nursing clients this year—a majority of whom needed help for alcohol and drug abuse. But, the growing number of nurses seeking treatment for substance abuse doesn't necessarily reflect a growing problem, according to Rebecca Heck, BSN, RN, MPH, program director of the Nursing Peer Health Assistance program at Peer Assistance Services in Denver.

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Sebelius Says Weight of the Nation Does Not Have to Fuel Problems for Children

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2009

There's no doubt about it: obesity—especially for children—has become a critical and costly problem in the United States, said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's first conference on the "Weight of the Nation" in Washington Tuesday. And it's a problem that needs to be part of the healthcare reform debate, she noted.

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The State of Health Information Exchanges

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2009

Having an initial set of standards and "meaningful use" definitions to work from is a good first step, but there is still a long way to go before the health industry reaches "meaningful interoperability."

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Insurers and Employers: Bend Your Own Cost Curve

By: Rick Johnson, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2009

Employers and insurers should plan on exploring every possibility, rather than planning on the government to bend the cost curve.

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