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FTC to Explore Anti-trust Waivers for ACOs

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission says it may waive antitrust laws that could hinder the creation of effective accountable care organizations by doctors, hospitals, and other medical professionals.

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Physicians Prevail in Arkansas Conflict of Interest Case

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2010

The Supreme Court of Arkansas has sided with physicians who argued that Baptist Health acted improperly when it denied them staff privileges because they owned shares in a competing hospital.

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Scanning Medication Reduces Errors, Hospital Says

By: Briefings on The Joint Commission, an HCPro publication, October 5, 2010

Baystate Medical Center's adoption of a bar code scanning process has helped decrease medication error rates by 75%. Nurses scan a patient's medication at their bedside, ensuring that the correct dosage is received.

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Social Networking to Recruit Tomorrow's Physicians

By: Julie McCoy, October 5, 2010

The residency recruitment season has begun. With the opening of the Electronic Resident Application Service, program directors and coordinators can begin downloading applications and recruiting hospitals' future physicians.

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MGMA: Bonus Incentives Boost Hospitalists' Productivity

By: Karen Cheung, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2010

The lower the base salary, the higher the productivity of hospitalists perform because of bonus incentives, a Medical Group Management Association survey shows. Although the survey can provide benchmarks, it's not the letter of the law; productivity can vary from hospital to hospital.

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5 EHR Myths, Busted

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2010

The best physician can make a mistake when writing a prescription, the best nurse can fail to remove a catheter on time, the most organized medical records staff can misplace a file, and even top hospitals have areas of waste and inefficiency. But electronic health records systems are supposed to make all that go away, right? Well, not exactly.

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Linking Medical Errors, Nurses' 12-Hour Shifts

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2010

Studies have linked nurse fatigue with medical errors, poor quality care, stress, and burnout. There are many reasons for nurse fatigue, but one stands out as pretty easy to fix: shift length. Senior leadership should embrace these creative staffing and scheduling options to increase nurse satisfaction and improve efficiency.

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