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Medicare Rule May Discourage Brain CTs in ED

Cheryl Clark

Anger over a coming rule that would limit brain scans in emergency department patients echoed through many sessions of the American College of Emergency Physicians scientific assembly in San Francisco this week. >>>


Editor's Picks

ACO Final Rules Released

The Department of Health and Human Services issued Thursday its final regulation on Accountable Care Organizations. >>>

MRSA Down, C. Difficile Up Slightly, Says CDC

Four types of common healthcare-associated infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, are in decline, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2010 report. Clostridium difficile rates, however, have resisted prevention efforts. >>>

4 Unpleasant Predictions for 2012

HealthLeaders Media research sheds light on how financial leaders are responding to this year’s challenges, and what problems are looming next. >>>

HHS Floats $5B Package to Cut 'Burdensome' Hospital Regs

A package of reforms aimed at hospitals and announced by the Department of Health and Human Services will do away with "overly burdensome regulations," says Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. >>>

3 Health Technologies to Watch

Healthcare organizations have checked a lot of technologies off their to-do lists. Here's my take on three technologies that demand the attention of leadership: telehealth, patient portals, and ICD-10 - - a ticking time bomb that could blow margins to smithereens if it's implemented too late. >>>

*LAST CHANCE* Industry Survey 2012

We know you have something to say. And we want to hear it. Take the 2012 Industry Survey now—in 10 minutes or less, share your insight and help define industry trends. Enter today for the chance to win an iPad! Hurry, the survey closes Friday, October 21. >>>

News Headlines

Hospital rooms get smart

InformationWeek, October 20, 2011

Hospitals work to lower 30-day readmission rates

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 19, 2011

Opinion: Accepting death difficult for doctors, but needs to be done

The Washington Post, October 19, 2011

CDC: ER visits surged in 2009

Los Angeles Times, October 19, 2011

Heart failure hospital stays fall, saving billions

The Boston Globe/Associated Press, October 19, 2011

DA says Medicare ignores evidence of EMS transport fraud

Houston Chronicle, October 19, 2011

Hospital safety practices unrelated to outcomes

HealthNews/Reuters Health, October 19, 2011

Opinion: How Medicare fails the elderly

The New York Times, October 17, 2011

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Rounds: The Business and Clinical Path to Medical Home

Date: November 11, 2011 About: Attend on-site or participate via live simulcast. Live from host St. Joseph Health System—reaching the vision of patient–centered medical home requires strong links between hospital and physician to achieve best patient outcomes. Join us for the dialogue in a special, complimentary Rounds, sponsored by RelayHealth. >>>

Webcast: Battle-Tested Tactics for Key Internal Marketing Initiatives

Date: November 8, 2011 About: In this 90-minute Webcast, benefit from lessons learned from Catholic Health Initiatives’ communication campaign for EHR implementation, and learn what your service lines can mean for marketing opportunities. >>>

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Engaging the Patient

As providers become increasingly accountable for healthcare outcomes, patient engagement grows in significance. Yes, people should take responsibility for their health, but what role do the providers have in turning the consumer of care into a partner in care? >>>


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