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Thursday, August 12, 2010

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CMS OKs 'Medical Necessity' Reviews for RAC

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, August 12, 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved the first "medical necessity review" audits for the recovery audit contractor program, according to a statement from the American Hospital Association.

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HITRUST: HIPAA Breach Costs Near $1 Billion

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, August 12, 2010

Reports of breaches of unsecured personal health information affecting 500 or more individuals will cost the entities reporting those breaches nearly $1 billion, a report from the Health Information Trust Alliance says.

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FTC Cracks Down on Fake Health Plans

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 12, 2010

Medical discount benefit plans sound appealing, but scammers peddling fake deals are out there. The FTC and law enforcement agencies in 24 states have filed 54 lawsuits and regulatory actions to curb deceptive practices to prevent scams.

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Healthcare Reform Tips for Employers

By: David Barron and Daniel Schuch, for HealthLeaders Media, August 12, 2010

New whistleblower protections and deciding whether to "grandfather" their health plans are just two issues employers must contend with in the wake of healthcare reform legislation.

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CMS Expands Requirements for PERM, CHIP

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 12, 2010

CMS issued final regulations Tuesday to implement improvements to the Payment Error Rate Measurement for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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Sifting Through the Static to Find the True Campaign Message

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2010

One of the hardest parts of any healthcare marketing campaign is whittling down countless suggestions and ideas to create one all-encompassing message.

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4 Good News Stories on HAI, and a Bonus

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

Positive, forward-looking healthcare stories seem to come in clusters, and this time there are four on the progress being made in the fight against hospital-acquired infections. A fifth details advances against peptic ulcer disease.

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Payers Pave Way to Provider EHRs

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, August 11, 2010

Physicians facing down a 2015 federal deadline for upgrading to electronic health record systems are finding that many insurers are eager to help with technology and financing. But what are the downsides?

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