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Friday, August 13, 2010

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Health Care Reform Costs to Insurers May Exceed Forecasts

By: August 13, 2010

Study finds that firms already complying with healthcare reform reported average net profit margins of only 0.7%, while those not yet complying had average net margins of 6.3%—or nine times more.

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North Shore-LIJ To Buy St. Vincent's Home Health for $17 Million

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 13, 2010

The deal, which awaits approval from a federal bankruptcy judge, provides an eight-county Certified Home Health Aides license for North Shore University Hospital, which includes the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties.

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Falls Cause Most Injury-Related Deaths in WI

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 13, 2010

Generating nearly $800 million in hospital costs each year, falls top suicides and automobile crashes as the leading cause of injury-related death in Wisconsin, report says.

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Physicians, Hospitals Benefit from Reentry Programs

By: Emily Berry, for HealthLeaders Media, August 13, 2010

Physician reentry programs offer an educational mix of clinical and cognitive refreshers for individuals returning from maternity leave, sabbaticals, or other extended absences.

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Physician Exam Scandal Inquiry Raises More Questions

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, August 12, 2010

The American Board of Internal Medicine's proposed sanctioning of 139 physicians for passing along and receiving exam questions from a test preparation company is getting messier. A lengthy appeals process is underway, and questions are growing about whom exactly is being targeted.

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Can the Inpatient Communication Gap Be Bridged?

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

The old adage that says the more things change, the more they stay the same may apply—for better or for worse—to inpatient and physician communications.

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