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Friday, September 11, 2009

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Uninsured Population Hits 46.3 Million in 2008

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 10, 2009

The number of people in the United States without health insurance rose from 45.7 million in 2007 to 46.3 million in 2008, which represents 15.4% of the overall population, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today.

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Feds Lift WellPoint's Medicare Advantage, Part D Suspension

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 10, 2009

WellPoint, Inc. will resume marketing its Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D health plans on Oct. 1 and begin enrolling new customers on Nov. 15 for the 2010 contract year after CMS lifted a nine-month ban on new enrollments this week.

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Eight Years After 9/11, Disaster Response Lessons Still Hold True

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, September 11, 2009

For CEOs, emergency management lessons learned from the September 11 terrorist attacks remain relevant. In the eight years since that infamous day, the United States has seen other disasters, and the same learning seem to come up over and over again—which makes the September 11 anniversary a good opportunity to review the following emergency planning concerns.

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20 Most Common Employer Mistakes That Could Cost Your Hospital

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 11, 2009

Employment discrimination lawsuits have doubled in the last 10 years, thanks in large part to provisions of the 1991 Civil Rights Act that give juries a say in financial settlements. So what can you do to reduce your potential liability?

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Is Economic Credentialing a Necessary Evil at Hospitals?

By: Emily Berry, for HealthLeaders Media, September 11, 2009

Economic credentialing, the practice of evaluating practitioners through a monetary lens, has had its ups and downs over the years. These days it is considered a dirty word in many medical staffs, says Robin Locke Nagele, partner in the health law division of Post & Schell, PC, in Philadelphia.

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New OCR Director Has Great HIPAA Responsibility

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, September 11, 2009

The government agency that enforces the HIPAA privacy and security rules has a new leader. Georgina C. Verdugo, former deputy assistant attorney general during President Clinton's administration, will lead HHS' Office for Civil Rights, HHS announced this week. The department is the civil rights and health privacy rights law enforcement agency. It investigates complaints filed by the public and provides technical assistance and public education for federal nondiscrimination and health information privacy laws.

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The Right to Employ Physicians

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, September 10, 2009

Some California physicians are using the 14th Amendment to argue that the state's Medical Practice Act, which bans hospitals from employing doctors, is unconstitutional.

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Building a Successful Medical Home

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 10, 2009

In the great debate over healthcare reform on Capitol Hill, one issue that intrigues legislators is the idea of a patient-center medical home.

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