Cleveland's hospitals try to end ER diversions; Phoenix healthcare systems negotiate higher rates from Arizona Blues;

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> Abrazo Community Health Network and Carondelet Health Network in the Phoenix area have come to terms with Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona, a deal which included price increases for both healthcare systems, AZ Central has reported. Article

> The cost of healthcare delivery in Massachusetts has dramatically outpaced incomes over the past decade, according to The Boston Globe. Article

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> Cleveland's hospitals have agreed to try and keep all of their emergency rooms off diversion, which is expected to save the lives of many critically injured patients, NPR has reported. Article

> The eyes have it when it comes to improving hand-hygiene compliance--but not as much as the nose, it turns out. Researchers placed a picture of intense-looking men's eyes over the antimicrobial gel dispenser in a surgical intensive care unit and improved hand-hygiene compliance from 15 percent to 33 percent, according to a study published in Health Psychology. Article

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT are seeking public comment on required quality measures and the certification of health information technology used for them, the agencies announced this week. The request for information, published last week in the Federal Register, seeks feedback on the health IT products for programs including the electronic health record incentive program, the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting program, the Physician Quality Reporting System and others. Article

And finally... Heroin-filled burrito delivered to hospital. Article

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