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September 1, 2010

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  • HITECH, meaningful use rules bring concerns for risk managers

    The proposed final rule for Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 probably will change little when it becomes the final rule, and that means there will be some significant changes for health care providers, says Kevin Ryan, JD, an attorney with the law firm of Much Shelist in Chicago.
  • HITECH changes fundraising provisions

    The proposed HITECH rules require covered entities to provide the recipient of any fundraising communication with a "clear and conspicuous" opportunity to opt out of receiving any further fundraising communications.
  • AHA says meaningful use rule doesn't go far enough

    The American Hospital Association (AHA) says it is worried that, even with the recent changes, the standards in the meaningful use rule may be impossible for some hospitals to meet.
  • Clinical alert fatigue threatens patient safety

    Clinical alert fatigue remains a vexing problem for health care providers, and the risk to patient safety is high. When clinicians become so annoyed by alarms that they disable them, or so used to hearing them that they do not respond appropriately, patient's lives can be at stake.
  • Take these steps to reduce alert fatigue

    Involve physicians in the development and implementation of alert systems, rather than simply training them in the systems when you're ready to go live, says Linda Peitzman, MD, chief medical officer of Wolters Kluwer Health in Indianapolis.
  • Alert fatigue leads to fatality in OR

    Alert fatigue can lead to behaviors in health care that may seem fine until the day they cause a tragedy, says John Banja, PhD, assistant director for health sciences and clinical ethics at Emory University in Atlanta.
  • Hospital drill goes wrong; gunman traumatizes staff

    A hospital's attempt to prepare for armed intruders took a bad turn when a drill simulating a man with a gun taking over a patient care unit was too real for some staff. Many did not know that it was a drill and were severely traumatized. Plus, the clinicians were kept from their critically ill patients until the drill was cancelled.
  • Lessons learned from terror drill too real

    The fake terror drill that left staff traumatized and the hospital facing a state investigation was a "very painful lesson," says Chief Operations Officer Teressa Conley, RN, MBA, MSN, EA, at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, NV.
  • Payments on the increase, usual suspects to blame

    Patients who sue their surgeons for malpractice are more frequently receiving indemnity payments for increasingly larger amounts, according to a study of 3,300 cases across several states over a recent six-year period.