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Mortality Rates Higher for Physicians Trained in U.S.

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2010

Patients of doctors who are foreign citizens and have graduated from medical schools overseas have significantly lower hospital mortality rates than patients of American doctors trained abroad, report says.

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AMA: Liability Claims Filed Nearly One Per Physician

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2010

An average of 95 claims were filed for every 100 physicians, almost one per physician, AMA report says, prompting renewed calls from the organization for comprehensive national and state-level tort reforms.

 

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Unsupervised Nurse Anesthetists Cause No Additional Risk

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2010

Allowing nurse anesthetists to provide anesthesia services without supervision from a doctor does not put patients at risk, says a Health Affairs study.

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How to Address Next-Gen Payment, Claims Management Systems

By: Jim Evans, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2010

Today’s contracting processes and claims systems are being pushed beyond their stated purpose and designs.  Many health plans use legacy systems that were implemented during simpler eras, when payors dealt with one claim at a time. Even some updated systems lack the flexibility to handle changes to standard plan policies, enforce new complex policies, and make appropriate connections between separate claims that should be grouped.

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Physicians: Get Over Your Fear of Electronic Messaging

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2010

The more effectively patients and physicians can communicate the better healthcare will be. And that includes better electronic communications, such as by e-mail. Yes, I understand doctors’ concerns that it would take up too much of their time—uncompensated time at that—and expose them to liability and leave an electronic trail of typos. But I believe that deep down inside they also know it is the right thing to do.

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The Campaign for a "National Nurse"

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2010

A grassroots campaign is underway to create an Office of the National Nurse. The initiative calls for a national nursing leader, similar in stature to the U.S. Surgeon General, who will serve as a figurehead for nurses around the country, and spearhead health prevention efforts.

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