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HHS awards $685 million to healthcare transformation networks
FierceHealth IT
Roughly $685 million will be granted to 39 healthcare organizations by the Department of Health and Human Services to help equip employees with tools that will improve quality of care, better support patient access to data and lower costs. The awards — announced today as part of the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, which was launched last fall — will be divided among healthcare transformation networks and supporting organizations.
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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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Case management leaders know how to SAVE
October 19th is the early registration deadline for the 2015 ACMA Leadership Conference,
November 16-17 in Anaheim, California. Register early at and SAVE $100!

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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Poll finds overwhelming support for Medicare paying for end-of-life talks
Kaiser Health News
The public overwhelmingly supports Medicare's plan to pay for end-of-life discussions between doctors and patients, despite GOP objections that such chats would lead to rationed care for the elderly and ill, a recent poll released finds. Eight of 10 people surveyed by the Kaiser Family Foundation supported the government or insurers paying for planning discussions about the type of care patients preferred in the waning days or weeks of their lives.
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Top 100 influencers in healthcare
Health Joy
Here's our list of the top 100 influencers in healthcare on Twitter. These influencers are chosen and ranked based on social media presence and reach, using the number of shares of their posts to determine popularity. Hundreds of thousands of people are already listening to and following the influencers on this list, and if you want to stay informed on the world of healthcare, you should follow them too.
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Hospital workers find solace in pausing after a death
Kaiser Health News
For trauma workers like Jonathan Bartels, a nurse who has worked in emergency care and palliative care, witnessing death over and over again takes a toll. Over time, they can become numb or burned out. But about two years ago, after Bartels and his team at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville tried and failed to resuscitate a patient, something happened.
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3 ways hospitals can improve hospitality
While some argue that hospitals waste money when they focus on providing patients with hotel-like amenities, there is a benefit to offering patients and families the five-star customer service that consumers now expect: higher patient satisfaction. Patients want — and demand — personalized service, according to Medical Marketing & Media. And if they don't receive it, they may express their dissatisfaction online before finding a different hospital that will accommodate their needs.
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Gov. Scott to hospitals: Post prices online
Orlando Sentinel
Gov. Rick Scott will push for price transparency at hospitals, an attempt to thwart what he calls "price gouging" by healthcare providers, his office announced. The proposal, which requires legislative approval, calls for hospitals to post average prices for all procedures and services on their websites in a "prominent location" along with their tax filings.
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Millions of Americans are getting lost in translation during hospital visits
Smithsonian Magazine
he two-year-old Latina girl arrived at a Massachusetts emergency room in 1999 with intense shoulder pain. "Se pegó, se pegó," her Spanish-speaking mother cried. To the attending resident, the phrase sounded like "she was hit," as in, she was struck by another person. X-rays revealed a fractured collarbone. Then the physician saw discharge papers from a previous hospital admission, which indicated the girl had broken her collarbone just two months earlier. Suspecting child abuse, the hospital contacted the Department of Social Services.
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Near the end, it's best to be 'friended'
The New York Times
The unconscious man in his 90s was brought to an emergency room where Dr. Douglas White was a critical care physician. The staff couldn’t find any relatives to make medical decisions on his behalf. "He had outlived all his family," recalled Dr. White, who now directs an ethics program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "We were unable to locate any friends. We even sent the police to knock on his neighbors' doors." Nobody could find an advance directive, either.
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Researchers at UW say they've done it
The Seattle Times
Brain scientists at the University of Washington have used an old-fashioned parlor game in a novel way to prove that two people's brains can be linked across the Internet — an experiment that sounds like it was ripped from the pages of a science-fiction novel. The experiment is believed to be the first one to demonstrate that two brains can be directly linked to allow one participant to correctly guess what the other is thinking. Researchers say melding two minds has the potential for a vast range of applications.
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