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Surgeon Envisions Nationwide Trauma System
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
The chairman of the American College of Surgeons Board of Regents advocates for the creation of a trauma system where in 10 years "you could throw a dart at a map of the U.S.  and wherever it lands, if you were injured there you'd be assured that you'd be expeditiously transported to the level of care you needed."[Read More]
August 25, 2010
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Words Matter When it Comes to Tech-Savvy Patients
Our technology senior editor Gienna Shaw writes about a condition I had never heard before: cyberchondria. It encapsulates the growing number of adults who furtively search for health information online. Good news or bad? You be the judge.[Read More]

Cardiology's Final Frontier: Confronting CTO
Physicians editor Joe Cantlupe writes about one physician who is a forerunner in the cardiovascular field of treating complex chronic total occlusion. This adaptation of "the long and winding wire" may have a future in your hospital someday.[Read More]

NAIC Approves Medical Loss Ratio Template
Payers and providers are all wondering what, ultimately, will be allowed as a legitimate cost in health plans' medical loss ratio formula. Will health plans be allowed to include funding for support they give public health departments, for example? What about other types of healthcare education. Call centers? All is up for debate.[Read More]

OIG: Feds Paid $43.3 Million for Possibly Ineffective Drugs
Medicare Advantage health plans may soon be getting a letter from the feds asking for $43 million back in payments made for drugs which, approved prior to 1962, have not demonstrated effectiveness, or are less effective than other medications. This Office of Inspector General audit suggests that CMS hold a tighter rein on "less-than-effective" prescriptions. [Read More]

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It is Time to Act
With the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, along with the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act, major change will be coming to the way healthcare is organized, delivered, and managed in the United States. Healthcare leaders have been dealing with constant change for the past 30 years, but now the rate of change will need to accelerate in order to achieve success in a reformed healthcare environment. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines

CA legislature advances healthcare reform
San Francisco Chronicle/AP – August 25, 2010
In rural CA, a debate on how to save a hospital
NPR – August 20, 2010
Doctors concerned about supply of nuclear material used in diagnostic tests
The Baltimore Sun – August 23, 2010
For the homeless, federal changes promise better access to healthcare
Washington Post/Kaiser Health News – August 20, 2010

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