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e-Autopsy: Kaiser Hospitals Dig In to Data to Assess Mortality
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
Using a hybrid manual and electronic mortality review incorporating input from specialists who have scrutinized medical charts, Kaiser doctors are building precise timelines of what happened to patients who died in the hospital. The goal is to prevent death and/or improve end-of-life care.[Read More]
February 24, 2011
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The idea that a robot can substitute for a scrub nurse carries some future viability. With hand-gesture recognition, the length of time a surgery takes could be reduced, which has its own reward, but risk of infection would be an obvious payback. [Read More]

HHS Issues Civil Money Penalty for Privacy Rule Violations
Cignet will pay $4.3 million in the first civil penalty imposed by the Office of Civil Rights for a violation of the HIPAA privacy rule. This is the first penalty under HITECH, levied because Cignet violated the rights of 41 patients by denying them access to their medical records between October 2008 and October 2009. [Read More]

$3.2B Lawsuit Targets Medicare Underpayments
This started out as a California physicians' beef against Medicare. But plaintiffs are now going for a class action to represent 200 counties in 32 states where doctors have been underpaid by Medicare under a 1966 geographic formula. In essence, areas now quite expensive and urban are still classified as low-cost rural, and Medicare incorrectly assumes that it costs doctors in those areas less to practice, the plaintiffs maintain. [Read More]

Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia Rates Drop 70% in Study
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Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy.[Read More]
This Week's Headlines

ONC will test specifications for improved exchange by fall
Government Health IT, February 24, 2011

VT braces for 'death with dignity' debate
The Boston Globe/Associated Press, February 23, 2011

S&P: US Healthcare Costs Up 6% in 2010, But Growth Slowing
HealthLeaders Media, February 18, 2011

Health Coaching Plays Role in the ACO
HealthLeaders Media, February 24, 2011

New advice on preventing falls
The New York Times , February 21, 2011
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