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Grady: Toughest CEO Job in America?
Jim Molpus, Editor-in-Chief, HealthLeaders Media

On Monday, the new nonprofit board of directors for Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital hired Michael Young, CEO of Erie County Medical Center, becoming the sixth Grady CEO since 2005. There is reason to hope that Young—a proven turnaround leader—will finally be the one to save Grady from itself.
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  July 25, 2008

 
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Billionaires back antismoking effort
New York mayor/billionaire Michael Bloomberg and Microsoft founder/billionaire Bill Gates have ponied up $500 million to fight smoking in foreign countries. That's a lot of nicotine patches. [Read More]
They know what's in your medicine cabinet
Is there nothing that a health plan won't do to deny individual coverage? This week, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law that would prohibit insurance companies for rewarding employees for rescission. Now Business Week reports that some insurers are scanning prescription databases to screen applicants for whatever conditions might be associated with the medication. [Read More]
Medicare to pay bonuses for e-prescribing
We live in a world of cash back bonuses, and getting air miles for buying groceries on a credit card, so why should e-prescribing be any different. CMS has announced a plan to pay physicians a 2% bonus for e-prescribing in 2009 and 2010, with declining bonuses in later years. One concern with any incentive program is whether the rewards are high enough to influence behavior, but in this case, even a few hundred dollars a year could offset the upfront technology purchase costs for e-prescribing. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
California freezes Medi-Cal payments to thousands of healthcare facilities
Los Angeles Times – July 24, 2008
In-store clinic growth slowing
Chicago Tribune – July 24, 2008
Health plan from Obama spurs debate
New York Times – July 23, 2008
Plan to build new Parkland Hospital to go before Dallas County voters
Dallas Morning News – July 23, 2008
New Orleans-area hospitals bleeding red ink, federal report says
New Orleans Times-Picayune – July 22, 2008
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