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Healthcare Online Job Ads on Upswing

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

A new report released today shows that the growth of overall online job listings in most employment sectors ended 2009 on a positive note in December, with demand for healthcare practitioners, technicians, and support personnel leading the rally. The Conference Board's Help Wanted Online Data Series found that advertised vacancies for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations also posted the largest December gain.

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VA, Kaiser Permanente Unveil Project to Exchange Patient Data Electronically

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, January 7, 2010

The Department and Veterans Affairs and Kaiser Permanente have launched a pilot project in the San Diego area that they say will let them exchange—with a patient's permission—electronic health record data about health issues, medications, and allergies for the first time. The project is using the Nationwide Health Information Network, which provides a technological gateway to support interoperability standards and permits the secure exchange of health information between treating physicians, when authorized by a patient. Led by the Department of Health and Human Services, the NHIN will let providers from participating organizations send data around-the-clock in a secure fashion.

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Patient and Family Involvement Emphasized in New NQF Safe Practices

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, January 6, 2010

The National Quality Forum recently announced that it has endorsed an updated list of Safe Practices for Better Healthcare for 2010. Many of the Safe Practices were updated to include a stronger emphasis on patient and family involvement in care.

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UHC, Executive Health Resources Enter Partnership

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

University HealthSystem Consortium has formed a strategic partnership with Executive Health Resources, Inc., that will make the medical management company's Physician Advisor compliance, consulting, and auditing programs available to all UHC members.

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AdvancedMD Acquires PracticeOne

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

AdvancedMD Software, Inc., a software-as-a-service medical practice and revenue cycle management provider, announced today that it has acquired PracticeOne, a private, CCHIT-certified, electronic health records software provider for physician practices. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Radiologists Downplay Health Risk From Airport Body Scanners

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

The American College of Radiology today downplayed concerns that full body scanners at security checkpoints in U.S. airports would pose a health risk. In the wake of a recent thwarted airplane bombing attempt, the Transportation Security Administration has announced that it is ramping up the deployment and use of the scanners, which produce anatomically accurate images of the body and can detect objects and substances concealed by clothing.

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Insurers Finding New Ways to Connect with Members

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, January 6, 2010

Some health insurers realize the confusion some consumers have regarding the healthcare system and are trying to reach out and educate members.

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Amidst Upheaval, Marketers Must Retain Focus on the Patient in 2010

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, January 6, 2010

In 2010, the more things change, the more they'll stay the same for healthcare marketers. Here are some thoughts on the challenging year that lies ahead for them.

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Economic Climate Changes Banks' Relationships With Hospitals

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, January 6, 2010

Given the capital climate, hospitals are changing the ways they partner with banks.

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