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Can We Reach Our Health Potential?
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
During the past four months, healthcare reform legislation has been a shining light on improving preventive care and primary care services for those in need. Who can really argue about this quest to provide quality care? But, a nagging feeling exists that many Americans need more to reach their "unrealized health potential."[Read More]
August 05, 2010
Editor's Picks

Unsupervised Nurse Anesthetists Pose No Increased Risk, Study Says
Findings from a Health Affairs study call into question a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirement that nurse anesthetists be supervised by an anesthesiologist or surgeon to receive Medicare reimbursement.[Read More]

Filling the Demand for Mental Health Specialists
Cheryl Clark, from HealthLeaders Media, discusses the growing demand for mental health specialists especially relevant since health plans for the insured will be required to cover mental illness care under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's "mental health services parity" provisions. [Read More]

Press Ganey Acquires Quality Indicator Project
Press Ganey Associates, Inc. announced today that it has acquired the Quality Indicator Project division from the Maryland Hospital Association. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.[Read More]

Physician Citizenship Tied to Mortality Rates
It's a common perception that physicians trained by foreign medical schools aren't as skilled as doctors trained by U.S. medical schools. But that's a false assumption, according to a report published in Tuesday's edition of the journal Health Affairs. The real differentiator appears to be citizenship at the time of training.[Read More]
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This Week's Headlines
AMA: Liability Claims Filed Nearly One Per Physician
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2010

Bay State Addresses Nurse Safety, But Is It Enough?
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2010

OCR: Breach Notification Final Rule Under Review
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2010

Surgeons Replace Heart Valves Less Invasively
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