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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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Interim Rule Issued on Young Adult Health Insurance Coverage

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 11, 2010

Young adults up through age 26 who continue to stay on their parents' health insurance plans under the new healthcare reform provisions cannot be required by health insurers to pay more for their coverage than those family members currently covered, according to a new interim final rule released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services. Also, under the rule, plans cannot vary benefits based on the age of the child.

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Congress Considers Three Healthcare Pricing Transparency Bills

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, May 10, 2010

Late last week the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee took up the issue of pricing transparency in healthcare and heard testimony on three bills that could change the way providers charge patients for services.

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Increasing U.S. Medical School Spots Won't Increase Physician Supply

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 11, 2010

There are more spots in American medical schools, and more new schools starting up to feed the physician supply pipeline. But that gain is unlikely to translate into more practicing doctors because the U.S. capacity for residency programs is staying flat. That's the summary from the latest annual survey by the American Association of Medical Colleges, which suggests a bottleneck in the system will hold back medical school graduates from getting the residency training they need, says Ed Salsberg, director of AAMC Workforce Studies.

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Experts: Train Employees Not To Snoop; Fire Those Who Do

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, May 10, 2010

Facilities should consider not only blocking access to PHI for employees who don't need it, but also to have strict policies and penalties in place for those who snoop at patient records.

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Exit Strategy: Tips On Selling Your Medical Practice

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, May 10, 2010

Whether you are seeking employment or planning to retire, here's advice on getting your practice ready for sale.

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CFO Alert: Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions Just Ahead

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, May 10, 2010

What is the likelihood of seeing more mergers and acquisitions of hospitals in the coming year?

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Levy's Cautionary Tale: Don't Call for Transparency When Your Windows Are Dirty

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 10, 2010

If you're in healthcare—or if you're just a scandal fan—you've probably been following the imbroglio surrounding Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO Paul Levy.

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