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Rise in MRI Calamities Highlighted at FDA Safety Session

Cheryl Clark

Compared with radiation risks from a computed tomography scan, a trip through the donut hole of a magnetic resonance imaging scanner might seem benign. But in response to an alarming rise in patient injuries, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration calls a two-day session on MRI safety and reporting. >>>


Editor's Picks

'Observation' Status Prompts Federal Class Action Suit

The Center for Medicare Advocacy and the National Senior Citizens Law Center have filed petitions in U.S. District Court against Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The lawsuit aims "to end the use of observation status as a way of depriving people of Part A Medicare coverage." >>>

IOM Issues 10 HIT Recommendations for Patient Safety

Even as providers rush to implement health information technology systems, there is an underappreciated chance that the use of computers might cause harm to patients, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. >>>

Health Plans Step Into Retail Operations

Blue Shield of California opens its first retail location and joins a handful of health insurers across the country that have opened retail stores in recent years. The move is a response to changing market forces linked to a decline in employer-sponsored insurance benefits. >>>

CMS to Float Physician Reporting Rules on Pay from Drug, Device Firms

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services prepares guidelines on value transfers, physicians, hospitals, and manufacturers are rightly worried that any financial relationship, simply by being publicly listed, encourages the presumption that these relationships are by definition unethical. >>>

News Headlines

Federal database on doctors is available again

Post-Dispatch, November 10, 2011

Expert tells Congress EMRs rarely encrypted

Reuters, November 10, 2011

States worried they’ll bear the brunt of anger over health law’s shortcomings

The Hill, November 7, 2011

Docs' manners can affect patient outcomes

Seattle Times/Scripps Howard News Service, November 8, 2011

Health law survives test in appeals court

The New York Times, November 9, 2011

Intern gap frustrates clinicians in training

The New York Times, November 8, 2011

IL declines to investigate vast majority of hospital complaints

Chicago Tribune, November 9, 2011

Trinity HealthCare cuts mortality rate with new app platform

InformationWeek, November 8, 2011

Study raises questions about 'bundling' to pay docs

The Wall Street Journal, November 8, 2011

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Rounds: A Programmatic Approach to Cancer Care

Date: December 16, 2011
About: Attend on-site or via live simulcast. Live at host Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center with invited guest UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, learn from one of the world's most respected cancer brands as it takes its proven success models to a community health system.  >>>

Webcast: Winning With Value-Based Purchasing

Date: November 17, 2011
About: Value-based purchasing brings real financial implications in the amount of CMS payment at risk, quality penalties, and the investments required to avoid those penalties. The stability of your future finances depends on your ability to successfully implement VBP. Join us for a 60-minute audio conference with VBP experts from Aurora Health Care and Premier. >>>

From HealthLeaders Magazine

Patient Engagement Takes Physician Leadership

As providers become increasingly accountable for healthcare outcomes, patient engagement grows in significance. Individuals should take responsibility for their health, but what role do the providers play in turning consumers of care into partners in care? >>>


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