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OPM to Launch Claims Database of Federal Employees' PHI

By: Jeff Elliott for HealthLeaders Media, October 11, 2010

The Office of Personnel Management says it will use the personal health information to provide economic modeling of health trends, risk-adjusted profiles, pharmacy pricing and provider contracts.

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Hospital Job Growth Continues Despite Record Pace of Layoffs

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 8, 2010

Despite a projected record level of hospital layoffs by the end of 2010, the rate of job creation in hospitals is more than double than for the same period in 2009, preliminary data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows.

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Community Health Centers to Receive $727M

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 11, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services says it will issue $727 million to 143 community health centers across the country for construction, expansion, and renovation projects through funds available from the Affordable Care Act.

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CMS Unveils Billing, Coding Newsletter

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, October 11, 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Medicare Learning Network have introduced a newsletter offering healthcare providers tips for avoiding common Medicare billing errors, unnecessary inpatient services, and inpatient services in the wrong setting.

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How to Boost Post-Discharge Revenue, Customer Service

By: Steve Levin, for HealthLeaders Media, October 8, 2010

The healthcare model is set up to lower costs and ignore almost all the basic rules of customer service, loyalty, and personal connection. We are treating all patients the same. The solution? Try adopting a business platform that takes advantage of every opportunity from marketing to technology, to achieve customer loyalty.

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CMS Set on Telemedicine, What About the Lawyers?

By: Emily Berry, for HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2010

For the past few months, hospitals have been on a carousel ride of revolving telemedicine standards, courtesy of The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Now that the accreditors appear to be moving in the same direction, allowing medical staffs to credential and privilege by proxy, hospitals can turn their attention to the legal best practice surrounding these practitioners.

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Lead Transformation: Accelerate Value, Quality, and Coordination

By: October 7, 2010

Join us October 21, live or virtually, for this complimentary, exclusive half-day leadership event that will bring leaders from top healthcare organizations to explore real paths to take today toward accountable care structures and define what medical home and patient-centered care mean for your healthcare organization. Recognized leaders and peer experts will be featured from: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Columbus Regional Hospital, Baptist Health System, Chenango Memorial Hospital, Network Health, Crystal Run Healthcare, Moffitt Cancer Center, Novant Health, and GE Healthcare, Americas. This event takes place October 21, 8:30 am—12:30 pm (CST) at The Fairmont in Dallas, Texas. To register call 800/753-0131 or click here.

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Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies

By: October 7, 2010

The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned.

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White House Gets FTC to Heel

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, October 8, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission is looking for ways to relax its enforcement of antitrust actions against healthcare providers in order to facilitate the formation of so-called accountable care organizations. But what took so long? The healthcare industry, already hidebound by regulation, is facing drastic changes—from structures of care to reimbursement—time is of the essence.

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