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MRSA no Reason to Ditch the White Coat
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

British physicians are banned from wearing white coats and long-sleeved garments in an effort to decrease the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other bacteria within hospitals. Colorado researchers say the Brits have it all wrong.[Read More]
  March 10, 2011

Editor's Picks
Red Flag Appeals Court Ruling Victory for Physicians, AMA Says
The American Medical Association has applauded a federal appeals court's ruling that physicians who bill patients after providing services are not subject to Federal Trade Commission so-called red flag rules that apply to creditors. AMA President Cecil B. Wilson, MD, said the ruling Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, validates the AMA's long-standing argument with the Federal Trade Commission about the red flag rules' application to physicians. [Read More]
OIG Audit Raises Concerns About Medicare Part D Plans
House Democrats want a formal review of Medicare Part D saying a report by the Office of Inspector General reveals "severe problems" with underreporting of drug manufacturer rebates. [Read More]
'Smart' Cardiac Catheter Could Speed Arrhythmia Treatment, Improve Safety
Researchers have developed a cardiac catheter that combines sensing and therapy onto one device. The "map and zap" functionality could mean shorter and safer ablation procedures. [Read More]
1 in 3 Trauma Patients Discharged to Nursing Homes Die Within Three Years
Within three years after hospital discharge, a "significant excess mortality rate" of 16% of trauma patients had died, and for those discharged to a skilled nursing facility, the mortality rate was 34%, no matter their age. Nearly 10% of the patients died within the first year after discharge.[Read More]
Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services
Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders. [Read More]
Rounds: Build a Better Orthopedic Team: 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]
Business Rx
Health Coaching Plays Role in the ACO
The challenge most providers face with accountable care organizations is not just how to manage risk, but also how to assist and coach patients on making positive and sustained changes in their lifestyles.[Read More]
Physician News
HIPAA Security Officer Aces OCR Investigations
HealthLeaders Media, March 8, 2011
Job Growth Up Slightly in February
HealthLeaders Media, March 7, 2011

Hospitals induce labor without medical reason too often
The Tennessean, March 7, 2011
Doctors debate criteria for prostrate biopsy
NPR, March 7, 2011
Mont. judge orders hysterectomy, patient appeals
Missoulian, March 8, 2011
Women changing the face of medical care
The New York Times, March 8, 2011
TN legislature rejects health law mandate
Knoxville News Sentinel, March 8, 2011
ME's individual insurers get reprieve
The Portland Press Herald/Associated Press, March 9, 2011
Diabetes belt: American South gets more health notoriety
Los Angeles Times, March 9, 2011
Following health law, patients request OTC prescriptions
The Wall Street Journal, March 9, 2011
HCA stock sale could fund health startups
The Tennessean, March 9, 2011

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