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IOM: Nurses Need More Education, Training

By: Jeff Elliott for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2010

Better educated and trained nurses would fill more faculty and advanced practice roles during a shortage of qualified individuals, an Institute of Medicine report says.

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Comparative Effectiveness Could Save Medicare Billions, Study Says

By: Roxanna Guilford-Blake for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2010

The time is ripe for Medicare to use comparative effectiveness research to start paying equally for services that provide equivalent results without threatening patient choice, says a report in Health Affairs.

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Primary Care Playing Large Role in Mental Health Care

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2010

Primary care is now the sole form of healthcare used by more than one-third of patients with a mental disorder. Whether by choice, cost, or lack of alternatives, patients are increasingly turning to their primary care providers for mental health services, study shows.

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Chicago Health Systems to Merge

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2010

Suburban Chicago's Delnor Health System and Central DuPage Health have announced plans to merge and create a single, integrated health system.

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Riverside Monitors Patient Portal Efficiency

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2010

Riverside is now working with the vendor to better communicate with its patients who have signed up for the health system's patient portal either electronically or via text message rather than by phone. But, are many patients taking advantage of these technological benefits in healthcare?

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ACO, MLR Specters Haunt Providers, Employers

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2010

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is freighted with anxiety-inducing provisions that are eliciting angst in all quarters.  Providers fear that participating in accountable care organizations will turn them into criminals.  Employers, meanwhile, fear they'll be crushed by onerous medical loss ratios.

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Lexington Medical Center Puts a New Spin on Video Testimonials

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, October 6, 2010

The video patient testimonial is nothing new to healthcare advertising, but today multimedia campaigns enable testimonials to be richer, more informative, and more engaging.

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Rural Trauma Care Can, Should Be Better

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

Better triaging of rural trauma patients to better-equipped trauma centers may ultimately save more lives. In fact, triaging severely injured patients to hospitals that are incapable of providing definitive care is associated with increased mortality, studies find.

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