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Revealed: Why Health Providers Avoid Vaccines
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
As we brace for flu season, it is disappointing to remember that one in three healthcare providers in the U.S. did not bother to get last year's seasonal influenza vaccine, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The reasons why are even more discouraging.[Read More]
September 1, 2010
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CMS Hears Provider Concerns Over 'Observation' Status
CMS' so-called 'Observation' status is causing major headaches for hospitals, doctors, advocates and patients who say the policy is surprising patients with huge costs. Use of the 48-hour stays is growing because patients don't meet admission criteria set by software programs.[Read More]

5 Technologies to Make Surgery Safer
Technology can step in where humans fail in preventing surgical errors, such as forgotten foreign objects left inside patients. Senior editor for technology Gienna Shaw lists five ways to treat patients safer.[Read More]

Medical Isotope Shortage Sparks Reductions in Imaging Procedures
The closure of a Canadian nuclear reactor is partly to blame for what officials say is a looming shortage of Technetium-99m (Tc-99m). The material is used in devices used to image heart disease and cancer.[Read More]

Sutter Health Physician Data Available Via Mobile App
Wave of the future? "Doctor I'm sick. Here's my medical record on my iPhone." Or perhaps for tourists in a traffic accident. "My head hurts. Quick honey—find the nearest ED with a working CT scanner."[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

America's Most Profitable Hospitals
Forbes– September 1, 2010
Physicians use photos from patients' cellphones to deliver 'mobile health'
The Washington Post– August 31, 2010
Former Danbury Hospital CFO, charged with fraud, sent flurry of e-mails to hospital president
News Times – August 31, 2010
Nonprofit hospital CEOs get big bucks, plush perks
The Baltimore Sun – August 30, 2010
Detroit-Area Hospitals to Invest $1.3 Billion in Improvements
Health System Change – August 30, 2010

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