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Physician Prescription Error Frequency Linked to Location

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 5, 2010

Best prescribing practices are found in New York, while the worst are in Texas and Louisiana, and there is great disparity in the frequency with which doctors make medical errors, study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows.

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CMS Paid $112M for Potentially Harmful Drugs, OIG Says

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 5, 2010

The Office of Inspector General is investigating the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for paying for thousands of drugs which were found to have been terminated or expired under Medicare Part D.

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How to Prepare for ICD-10 Coding, Software Revisions

By: Marybeth Regan and Beverly Mann, for HealthLeaders Media, November 4, 2010

The first major alteration in decades of the International Classification of Diseases is looming. Here's a guide to the upcoming changes, which will affect the billing, payment, and software systems of every healthcare provider and healthcare payer organization in the U.S.

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Simi Valley Hospital Settles Medicare Fraud Case for $5.1M

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 5, 2010

Allegations that the Los Angeles hospital knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare for chemical dependency and psychiatric patient services originally came from a former employee.

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Data Breaches Cost Hospitals $6B Yearly

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, November 5, 2010

Federal regulations enacted under the HITECH Act have not improved the safety of patient records, research from the Ponemon Institute shows. Only a small percentage of healthcare organizations rely on security technologies to prevent breach occurrences, which each have an average cost of $204.

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Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration

By: October 28, 2010

Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/breakthroughs/258254/Future-Healthcare-Collaboration-data-and-process-improvement-to-lower-costs-and-raise-quality

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Doctors Take Umbrage at Physicians' Porsche Promo

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

A magazine spread featuring a California hospital's physicians and their sports cars is causing a kerfuffle among some hospital leaders who have Medicare reimbursements—and sustainable growth rate formula cuts—on their minds.

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Surgeons: Take a Break

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, November 4, 2010

An extensive study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic shows a strong connection between increased work hours and burnout, depression, and career dissatisfaction among surgeons. But a forced reduction in work hours may not be the solution.

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