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Report: Provider teamwork key in reducing costly medical errors
Kaiser Health News via Healthcare Finance
Almost every American will experience a medical diagnostic error, but the problem has taken a back seat to other patient safety concerns, an influential panel said in a report out today calling for widespread changes. Diagnostic errors — defined as inaccurate or delayed diagnoses — account for an estimated 10 percent of patient deaths, hundreds of thousands of adverse events in hospitals each year and are a leading cause of paid medical malpractice claims, a blue ribbon panel of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) said in its report.
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Tools and ideas to help you celebrate National Case Management Week 2015
Oct. 11-17

National Case Management Week (NCMW) is a great time to recognize your coworkers and staff for their dedication and service. The theme this year is "Case Management: A Patient's Partner in Healthcare."

Ensure you have everything you need to celebrate NCMW on 11-17 — visit for resources and ideas to help you celebrate with your colleagues. We have compiled various communications templates for you to adapt and use for NCMW. In addition to the templates and tools on the website, you will also find the NCMW logo, ideas for celebration and products featuring the 2015 NCMW logo available for purchase.

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October 19th is the early registration deadline for the 2015 ACMA Leadership Conference,
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Whether you are a seasoned executive, new leader or aspiring professional, the 2015 Leadership Conference offers topics and speakers that will provide you with innovative thinking and strategies, increase your efficiency and boost your career. Sessions will examine where case management intersects with finance, technology and human resources — discussing what case management leaders need to know to work effectively in these areas as well as opportunities for case management advancement in each.

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Attention shoppers: New California website details costs, quality of medical procedures
Kaiser Health News
Having a baby in California? Your average out-of-pocket costs for an uncomplicated birth could cost a lot less in San Mateo County ($920) than in Alameda County ($1,300), Santa Clara County ($1,500) or Orange County ($1,800). Thinking about a knee replacement? You'll find a surprisingly wide variation in quality ratings among Bay Area hospitals for the procedure.
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See which states get the highest Part D 'donut hole' payments in 2015
Healthcare Finance
As the reforms of the Affordable Care Act continue to take hold, the so-called 'donut hole' coverage gap for the Medicare Part D drug discount program has been steadily closing as federal incentive payments give seniors a financial break when they've hit their drug spending limits. According to new data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday, the U.S. government has paid nearly $2.3 billion through July in incentives to close the coverage gap in 2015.
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How managing your email inbox can improve patient care
Fierce Healthcare
Being responsive conveys respect, says one of the country's best-known hospital CEOs, right down to how quickly leaders respond to emails. Emailing directly with physicians, staff and even volunteers for the large San Diego-based Scripps Health healthcare system also gives chief executive Chris Van Gorder "information I could never get in a report or probably even in a group discussion," he told Becker's Hospital Review. Replying personally — and quickly — to those emails is part of adhering to the Scripps Health's core value of responsiveness, he says.
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Burwell: For Obamacare, upcoming enrollment season will be toughest yet
Kaiser Health News
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell says the administration estimates that nearly 18 million people have gained insurance so far as a result of the health law, but officials will now be setting their sights on the less eager consumers. Top Obama administration officials said they were anticipating their toughest sign-up season yet for insurance coverage under the health law. Officials aim to make a dent in the number Americans still uninsured in the law's third enrollment period.
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VA scandal: Senate panel blasts continued whistleblower reprisals
Fierce Healthcare
The movement for reforms within the Department of Veterans Affairs has largely focused on reducing wait times at VA facilities, but advocates say a hospital culture in which whistleblowers are discouraged or punished persists. Now a whistleblower advocacy group says the department has made little progress on the issue a year later, according to the Associated Press.
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How one awkward segment on 'The View' united nurses everywhere
Fierce Healthcare
When The View's Joy Behar and Michelle Collins mocked Miss Colorado 2015's entry in the talent section of this year's Miss America pageant, they had no idea they would touch off a firestorm. Contestant Kelley Johnson — rather than playing piano or dancing as most pageant entrants typically do for the talent section — delivered a monologue dressed in the scrubs and sneakers she would wear to work on any day at her job as a nurse taking care of patients with Alzheimer's and dementia.
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