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Patients Reading Their Physicians’ Notes Online: A Sign of the Times?
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
Recent discussions about how electronic health records can improve healthcare delivery mainly have focused on the impact on hospitals, physicians, or nurses. Missing from this lineup: patients.[Read More]
July 29, 2010
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ACP Recommends Changes to Accommodate Multicultural Patients
As the nation's population continues to grow and diversify, the healthcare system still needs to change and adjust to meet the needs of an increasingly multicultural patient base, according to the American College of Physicians.[Read More]

CMS Issues Payment Rule, Quality Incentive for Dialysis Providers
Dialysis services for nearly 330,000 Medicare patients with end stage renal disease will be paid under a new system that creates a bundled, case adjusted rate starting Jan. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday with its final rule. [Read More]

Sullenberger Urges Hospitals to Adopt Aviation Culture of Safety
Hospital leaders attending the American Hospital Association's Leadership Summit in San Diego got a stern lecture from Captain Chesley Sully Sullenberger, who advised them they should adopt the safety culture of the aviation industry. They must stop thinking of accidents as inevitable and start thinking about them as unimaginable," he said. We in aviation have learned a lot, and we're anxious to share it with you. [Read More]

Longer Waits For Emergency Care Coming, Physicians Say
A report detailing record long waits at the nation's emergency departments comes as no surprise to emergency physicians, who say waits will lengthen as health coverage expands, emergency departments close, and hospitals fail to improve admitting processes. [Read More]
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