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December 19, 2011


Top Stories
By Neil McLaughlin | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Many lawmakers have demonstrated repeatedly that they don't care about ordinary Americans' health or the country's health infrastructure.
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By Joe Carlson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
ProMedica executives say the FTC is holding onto a dated mindset that is stifling progress at a time when other federal officials have embraced high-flying ideas about collaboration and efficiency.
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By David Burda | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Modern Healthcare congratulates the winners and honorable mentions of the 19th annual Spirit of Excellence Awards, co-sponsored by Sodexo Health Care Services.This year's five winners and five honorable mention honorees are profiled on the following pages.
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Late News
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Highmark’s board of directors agreed to divest its Medicare claims administrator as part of its strategy to acquire West Penn Allegheny Health System.
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A tougher Food and Drug Administration approval process and increasingly cost-conscious hospitals are pushing medical suppliers and devicemakers to pursue buybacks, dividends or acquisitions to appease shareholders in the wake of slow sales growth, according to a Moody's Investors Service report.
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A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted against approving CardioMems’ wireless, permanently implantable device that would allow cardiologists to remotely monitor heart-failure patients.
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HHS issued final regulations that implement the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, or CO-OP, which will provide loans for creating consumer-governed, private, not-for-profit health insurance issuers that will offer qualified health benefits through state health insurance exchanges.
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Regional News
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CHICAGO—Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison to pay for a variety of crimes committed while in office, including a kickback scheme involving the state's hospital planning board and what prosecutors described as the shakedown of a children's hospital...
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ALBANY, N.Y.—Under a proposal to overhaul New York's safety net financing, the state would contract with accountable care organizations or health plans for seniors who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.
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SPOKANE, Wash.—IPC the Hospitalist Co., the hospitalist physician group based in North Hollywood, Calif., has acquired Hospital Specialists of Spokane, Wash.
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HARLINGEN, Texas—There is not much left to Charlotte, N.C.-based MedCath Corp., which is down to its last hospital after selling its ownership stake in 88-bed Harlingen (Texas) Medical Center and HMC Realty to Prime Healthcare Services of Ontario, Calif.
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Cover Story
By Joe Carlson | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
ProMedica executives say the FTC is holding onto a dated mindset that is stifling progress at a time when other federal officials have embraced high-flying ideas about collaboration and efficiency.
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Features
By Joseph Conn | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Upfront carrots coupled with far-off sticks are part of several federal health IT booster initiatives, and the CMS' Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program is no exception.
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Special Feature
By David Burda | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Modern Healthcare congratulates the winners and honorable mentions of the 19th annual Spirit of Excellence Awards, co-sponsored by Sodexo Health Care Services.This year's five winners and five honorable mention honorees are profiled on the following pages.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With a teen pregnancy rate in or near the top 10 of any community in the state, Lowell, Mass., is seeing immediate benefits from Lowell General Hospital's decision to bring teen-oriented pregnancy prevention, parent education and childbirth classes into Lowell High School.
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Teens in Chelsea, Mich., have reduced recent alcohol and marijuana use by 40% to 50% and indicate a 13% to 32% increase in peer disapproval of such activities since Chelsea Community Hospital began working with the Chelsea School District four years ago to implement the SRSLY (text speak for...
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To prevent medical errors from affecting patients—and minimizing the harm caused when they do—Helen DeVos Children's Hospital has introduced “high reliability units” in several higher-risk patient-care areas based on evidence-based practices.
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Andalusia (Ala.) Regional Hospital reduced confirmed healthcare-associated infections by 75%—from 1.46% of admissions to 0.37%—from 2010 to 2011 after initiating a pilot program to monitor and improve hand hygiene in December 2010.
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A combination of centralized scheduling, customized nursing grids, a well-trained float pool and the creation of a 13-bed “flex” unit that opens or closes based on volume has enabled University of Utah Health Care to reduce labor costs by $2.4 million while boosting patient satisfaction...
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The 353-bed Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo., has spent the past year paying homage to its state's motto with the Show You! project, aimed at improving poor community perception and patient-satisfaction scores in its emergency room.
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Located down the road from the Army's Fort Knox and not much farther from Fort Campbell, the Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System, based in Radcliff, Ky., has always worked closely with military service members and their families.
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People with physical disabilities who become largely homebound in central Indiana are able to receive high-quality, cost-effective medical care thanks in part to INHouse Primary Care's house-call program, launched in June 2007.
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Hispanic associates—and customers—of WellPoint have received renewed focus during the past three years with the establishment of the SOMOS associate resource group, which aims to provide a view of healthcare through the eyes of Hispanic members.
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Patients at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Mo., have been reporting much warmer experiences in hospital waiting rooms during the past seven years since the advent of the Serving Up Smiles Customer Comfort Team.
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Editorial
By Neil McLaughlin | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Many lawmakers have demonstrated repeatedly that they don't care about ordinary Americans' health or the country's health infrastructure.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
“Even before the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to President Obama's healthcare program, outside interest groups were angling to elbow out the justices they fear would not rule their way.
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News Makers
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The Ohio Hospital Association named Mike Abrams as the group's new president and CEO.
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Outliers
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When Outliers alerted you recently to the latest squirrel dangers (and fundraising opportunities) (Nov. 28), we had no idea it was only the beginning of squirrel-centric hospital news.
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A little-discussed aspect of the Berwick era at the CMS was the view of some healthcare provider advocates that the soon-to-depart administrator was not that great at the administrating part of his job.
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By Modern Healthcare | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Now we have another reason to hail the chief: Aside from holding the most powerful office in the land, he also lives beyond the average life expectancy of the average U.S. male.
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