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Sept. 2, 2009  
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Patient Advocacy an Integral Part of Nursing Culture
from Advance for Nurses
Advocacy. It's a concept that's established to support others and assist with speaking out on someone's behalf. Like at many hospitals, patient advocates at Adena Regional Medical Center, Chillicothe, Ohio, are an integral part of the overall community of caring and healing. Contributing a large part to the patient experience, the patient advocate acts as a liaison between the patient and healthcare provider and assists with a number of issues surrounding medicine, policies and the law. More

Preparing For Death: Hospice Patients Praise Counseling
from WUSA9
A new survey of 300 terminally ill cancer patients says counseling on end of life issues has made them happier and improved their quality of life. One of the researchers says they felt better knowing someone was treating them, and not just their tumor. More

CIGNA and Medical Clinic of North Texas Launce "Patient-Centered Medical Home" Pilot Program
from Forbes
CIGNA and Medical Clinic of North Texas are preparing to launch a pilot program that incorporates components of the medical home model based on a comprehensive, accountable and collaborative approach they believe will lead to improved patient access, better continuity and coordination of care, improved quality of care for patients, and lower medical costs. More

SHCA Online Education presents:

Improving the Patient and Family Experience, Parts I and II
Maximize the Voice of the Customer: The Power of Data
Wednesday, September 23, 1:00 p.m. CST

Improving the Patient & Family Experience, Part II: Becoming a Change Agent
Wednesday, October 28, 1:00 p.m. CST

SHCA is hosting a two-part webinar on improving the patient experience that you will not want to miss! Check out the webinar section of the website to find out more and register now. Participants that attend both the September and October sessions will receive a $10 off coupon for In the Name of the Patient and a $5 off coupon for the webinar, Competencies of Patient Advocacy: Defining Advanced Standards of Practice. Each participant will also receive a certificate of completion.

Study: How to Reform Medicaid DSH Program
from Healthcare Finance News
In a paper published recently in the journal Health Affairs, health policy researchers are proposing a new method of allocating Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments. More

Survey: Uninsured Diabetics Increasingly Turning to Free Clinics and Community Health Centers
from Direct Relief International
The nation's nonprofit community health centers and free clinics saw a 13 percent increase in uninsured patients with diabetes seeking care during the first six months of 2009 versus the same period in 2008, according to the results of a national survey released today by humanitarian medical aid organization Direct Relief International. More

Call for Annual Conference Presentations is Open! Free Registration

You've spent years honing your skills as a patient advocate. Now share your experience and knowledge by speaking at the 2010 Annual Conference! All accepted proposals will receive a complimentary registration to the 2010 annual conference.

The Call for Presentations has all the information you need to submit a speaker proposal for consideration. There are two easy ways to submit your session information:
  1. Download a complete copy of the 2010 Call for Presentations (.pdf format). (Note: Depending on your version of Adobe and Internet Explorer you may not be able to write in and save this file. If that is the case, please use the online form below.)
  2. Complete and submit NEW online 2010 Call for Presentations.
Submit your session through Friday, September 18, or forward this to someone you'd like to see present. All accepted proposals will receive a complimentary registration to the 2010 annual conference.

Share your insights, experience and expertise with your peers, while increasing your visibility and enhancing your professional growth. Send in your submission today!

Group Blasts Quality Improvement Targets for 'Meaningful Use'
from iHealthbeat
On Wednesday, the Federation of American Hospitals sent a letter asking federal health IT officials to drop proposals that would require health care providers to meet quality improvement targets in order to qualify for federal incentive payments, Modern Healthcare reports. More

National Healthcare Reinsurance Pool
from The Huffington Post
The delay until September of legislative action on health care reform provides a critically needed time out so that the Obama administration and legislators can hit the reset button. We are heading for increasing partisan rancor and a wasted opportunity unless the major players in this effort focus on the problem they are trying to solve and not the political points they are trying to score. More

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GAO: Physicians Should be Paid Less for Medicare Services Performed on the Same Day
from Healthcare Finance News
A new report issued this week by the General Accountability Office says Medicare reimbursement to physicians should be trimmed to account for efficiencies that occur when a physician treats the same beneficiary on the same day for multiple services. More

AHA Launches FREE Audio Conference Series on Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence

As part of Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence, the American Hospital Association’s initiative to accelerate performance improvement in hospitals and health systems, the AHA has launched a new audioconference series that will highlight the leading strategies and innovations in performance improvement that are being championed today in America's hospitals and health systems. This series of monthly programs, entitled Profiles in Excellence, provides an opportunity to learn about some of the newest and most innovative practices that are driving performance excellence in high-performing hospitals and health systems. From the front lines of patient care to the executive suite, participants will hear directly from innovators and improvers who are driving performance excellence and making improvement happen. The AHA is pleased to provide this series on a complimentary basis to members of At Large.

The series kicks off this fall with a pair of audioconferences that feature the recipients of the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize ®, which honors hospitals and health systems that have committed in a systematic manner to achieving the Institute of Medicine's six quality aims - safety, patient-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, and equity.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. CST
2009 AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize recipient Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. CST
2009 AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize finalist Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA; and Citation of Merit recipient Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC

Each program will include a presentation about the organization's award-winning initiatives from key executives and leaders, as well as a question-and-answer session. More information on these organizations can be found by visiting the AHA honorees Web site.

To register for these complimentary audioconferences, click here to complete a brief online registration form. If you should have any questions, please contact us at

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