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Two More Wrong Way Turns
Jim Molpus, Editor-in-Chief, HealthLeaders Media

Two things that we know: One, that sick people turning up in emergency rooms is the least cost-effective way to treat them, and two, that most of the costs in healthcare are tied up in treating the chronically ill. But knowing what the problem is and solving it are two different things, as new reports this week demonstrate.
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  August 8, 2008

 
Editor's Picks
Mistakes to cost Illinois hospitals
Add Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to the list of payers that will not cover "never events." We can expect a few more insurers to jump in as we near the Oct. 1 date when the CMS IPPS rules on never events go into effect. Neither government nor private payers should compensate providers for egregious errors, but one wonders what the next stage is when the errors are more difficult to judge. [Read More]
Immigrants facing deportation by U.S. hospitals
My colleague Gienna Shaw offers a public relations perspective on this New York Times piece on what happens when U.S. hospitals are caught up in the forced deportation of illegal immigrants in their care. [Read More]
Six rules doctors need to know
The New York Times is also into searching the blogosphere for good content, including this piece from "Dr. Rob" on the rules that doctors need to know about patients, including Rule No. 1, "They Don't Want To Be At Your Office." [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Two Catholic hospitals in Florida to get one boss
Miami Herald - August 8, 2008
New hospital is latest in Milwaukee-area boom
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - August 8, 2008
Three Southern California hospitals accused of fraud
Los Angeles Times - August 7, 2008
Ohio executives sentenced for $1.9 billion fraud
AP/Yahoo News - August 7, 2008
Prince George's County, Maryland yet to deliver hospital funds
Washington Post - August 7, 2008
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