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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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WellCare Settlement Tally Tops $427 Million

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2010

Monday's class-action settlement of about $194 million resolves all litigation stemming from a four-year-old fraud investigation and combined with other state and federal lawsuits and fines bumps the total settlement costs over the last 15 months to about $427.5 million, the Tampa-based insurer says.

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Bills Address EHR Payments for Multi-Campus Hospitals

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2010

A second federal bill seeks to "clarify the application of electronic health record payment incentives" for multi-campus hospitals in the meaningful use subsidy requirements issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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ED Visits Up 23% in 10 Years

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2010

There were nearly 117 million patient visits to the nation's emergency rooms in 2007, a 23% increase over a decade, or 39.4 visits per 100 persons, according to a new federal National Health Statistics Reports review.

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Tips for the Medical Staff Peer Review Process in FL

By: Liz Jones, for HealthLeaders Media,, August 9, 2010

Florida voters passed Amendment 7 in 2004 under the belief that they have the right to know if a physician is or has been involved in any type of adverse medical event. One consequence is the stifling of peer review. Here's what Florida physicians need to know.

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Church-Owned Health Systems Best Secular, Study Says

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 10, 2010

In a study of Catholic, other church-owned, investor-owned, and not-for-profit health systems, Catholic and other church-owned systems were more likely to provide higher quality performance, Thomson Reuters says.

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Checking Up on Healthcare Diversity

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2010

Where are you with healthcare diversity? Is your hospital or provider workplace hiring healthcare professionals who are representative of your patient demographic? Could a person who doesn't speak English, or who might have other cultural, physical, or emotional barriers, receive quality care at your facility?

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Healthcare Stuck in Economic Limbo

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2010

Last  week, the Commonfund Institute released a report on the status of investments by nonprofit healthcare organizations, and the findings mirror in a way what’s going on in the overall healthcare economy.

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