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Black Hospital Patients More Likely To Discharge Themselves Against Doctor's Advice

Blacks are more likely than whites and Hispanics to opt for a "self-discharge" from a hospital against the advice of doctors, according to a report to be published in the December issue of the American Journal of Public Health, Reuters Health reports.

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Doctors Adopting Electronic Health Records Will Receive Higher Medicare Payments

HHS on Monday announced it is recruiting 1,200 physicians across the U.S. to participate in a pilot project that will provide higher Medicare reimbursements to physicians who use electronic health records, AP/Long Island Newsday reports. HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said the project is an important step toward meeting President Bush's goal of nationwide EHR adoption by 2014. Under the program, physicians will receive additional Medicare payments for completing certain tasks online, such as ordering prescriptions and recording laboratory test results.

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