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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF June 22, 2012 Issue | Archived Issues

Medicare targets physicians and hospitals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been reviewing patient charts of many hospitals around the nation with the intent of demanding a full refund of past payments (to both physicians and hospitals) if the chart lacks a specific admission order. To help our medical staff comply with CMS rules and regulations, we have developed and will be piloting a new CS-Link™ tool starting next week.

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New law requires controlled substance prescriptions to include prescriber's preprinted address

A new California law will take effect July 1 requiring security prescription forms for controlled substances to include the preprinted address of the prescriber.

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Hours expanded for GI Lab procedures

Other weekend, evening services offered

Cedars-Sinai now offers expanded hours for GI procedures in the main hospital. Hours are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for inpatients and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for outpatients. Saturday hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call (310) 423-6056 during regular hours and (310) 423-6146 during off hours.

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Oncologist is one of the brains behind Watson

Cedars-Sinai's Samuel Oschin Cancer Center and insurance health benefits company WellPoint are hoping a former Jeopardy contestant can help them develop treatment plans tailored to the needs of individual cancer patients in a matter of seconds.


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Pathology Department honored for academic achievements

The world's premier academic society of anatomic, surgical and diagnostic molecular pathology has recognized Cedars-Sinai's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for its academic activity. This is the sixth year in a row the department has received such an honor, said Mahul B. Amin, MD, chair of the department.

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Cedars-Sinai researchers explore role of fungus in digestive disorders

Cedars-Sinai researchers say their examination of the fungi in the intestines suggests an important link between these microbes and inflammatory diseases such as ulcerative colitis. In the new study, published in the June 8 issue of Science, researchers at Cedars-Sinai's Inflammatory Bowel and Immunobiology Research Institute identified and characterized the large community of fungi inhabiting the large intestine in a model of the disease.

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Circle of Friends honorees for May

The Circle of Friends program honored 215 people in May. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

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Exploring the history, role of Jewish hospitals

What does it mean for Cedars-Sinai to be a Jewish hospital? That's the question nearly 300 people came to hear discussed during the recent Rabbi Levi Meier Memorial Lecture on Jewish Values in Patient Care.

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Close out sale: Physician's Desk Reference for $5

Cedars-Sinai's Medical Library is selling copies of the 2012 Physician's Desk Reference for $5.




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Lasting connection

Final section of pedestrian bridge links medical center to AHSP on upper floor

As the sun rose on Father's Day, a crane hoisted the second section of the Advanced Health Science Pavilion's 5th floor pedestrian bridge into the air, while construction workers maneuvered it into place to connect the 11-story Pavilion to the medical center high above Sherbourne Avenue.

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With philanthropic leadership by Barbra Streisand, center battles a leading killer of women: heart disease

When C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, became a cardiologist, she quickly found out that most heart disease studies focused on male patients, while women cardiology patients were widely viewed – and medically treated – as though they were smaller versions of men.

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