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Doctors Need Decision Support in Ordering Imaging Diagnostics
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
The idea that many primary care physicians would not know what diagnostic imaging tests they should order to diagnose a patient's symptoms might seem incongruous, considering their training and the faith we place in them. [Read More]
July 28, 2010
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Berwick's First Reimbursement Challenge
Former Institute for Healthcare Improvement founder and chief Don Berwick, MD, is already on the hot seat for his previous comments and writings. As our editor Elyas Bakhtiari notes, how he shapes health policy during these first weeks may determine how whether he survives in what may be the most bureaucratic agency in healthcare.[Read More]

Longer Waits For Emergency Care Coming, Physicians Say
Emergency room wait times threaten patient safety, according to the leading group of emergency physicians, which notes that a new report puts the average wait time at more than four hours. Even patients who should be seen within 15 minutes are having to wait 37 minutes. [Read More]

Coding Offset Off Base: My Patients Are Sicker
Our Senior editor Philip Betbeze has some perceptive comments about hospitals' concerns over CMS' proposed coding offset, which could wipe $3.7 billion from hospital reimbursement next year. The new formula should reflect compensation for sicker patients, they say. How Berwick will respond on this issue will be key to his provider relationships. [Read More]

Sullenberger Urges Hospitals to Adopt Aviation Culture of Safety
The "Hero on the Hudson" who had the quick instinct to land his jet plane and its 155 passengers in the middle of the Hudson instead of crashing into land Jan. 15, 2009, now helps healthcare providers build a culture of safety. Pilots aren't doctors or hospital CEOs, he quickly acknowledges, but they can share what they've learned to prevent disasters. [Read More]

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This Week's Headlines

Hospitals examining risks of older blood
AP/Bergen County Record – July 27, 2010
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Dallas Morning News – July 25, 2010
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Dallas Morning News – July 25, 2010
Man falls off surgical table; St. Joseph's Hospital sued
Minneapolis Star Tribune – July 23, 2010

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