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Failure to Communicate: Setting the Record Straight on Mammographies
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
Since it was first convened by the U.S. Public Health Service in 1984, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has pretty much performed its duties—conducting "impartial assessments of the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of a broad range of clinical preventive services, including screening, counseling, and preventive medications"—outside of the public limelight. Two weeks ago, that all changed with the release of breast cancer screening guidelines—and the ensuing confusion about what they actually meant. [Read More]
December 3, 2009
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MedPAC: Regional Variation in Service Use Not Same as Medicare Spending
Across the country, regional variation in service use is not equivalent to regional variation in Medicare spending, according to a new report compiled by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. In fact, "the two should not be confused," MedPAC noted in the report compiled for Congress, which has focused on variation and Medicare payments in both reform bills. [Read More]

Nursing Performance Database Hopes to Improve Quality
The American Nurses Association has created a review board to screen proposals from healthcare researchers who want to access its National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators. The 15 member NDNQI Research Council has implemented a system for submitting research proposals online and for reviewing and scoring the proposals to determine if they meet the criteria for access to the data housed by NDNQI. [Read More]

Hospital Bans Flowers to Minimize Infections, Clutter
A new policy decision made by a Northern England hospital has struck a chord among a unique niche: florists. The 650-bed York Hospital announced it will ban flowers from all patient rooms beginning Dec. 1 in an attempt to curb infections and clutter. [Read More]

Feds Offering $235 Million to Model Health IT Communities
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Wednesday that $235 million in funds are being made available to "help us get a better handle on how health information technology will improve the quality care that Americans get." The grants will support 15 "beacon communities," which are hospital systems, provider groups, and state and local governments "at the forefront of the new technology already using cutting edge technology," she said at a briefing. [Read More]
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