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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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Five Strategies that Prove Healthcare is Still a Growth Industry

By: January 8, 2010

Here is a review of growth opportunities that will increase revenue, decrease costs, or enhance services in the areas of leadership, finance, physicians, technology, health plans, quality, and outcomes.

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Physician Groups: Proposed Health Plan Tax Would Hamper Care Coordination, Raise Premiums

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 13, 2010

A Senate plan to tax health insurance premiums by $6.7 billion annually is a terrible idea, says a large coalition of California medical groups who fear this tax would lead to less coordinated care in fee-for-service models—and away from integrated medicine systems—while hiking premium costs for the insured.

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Medical Groups Charge Proposed Medicare Payment Panel Could Restrict Patient Access

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, January 13, 2010

Nearly 75 healthcare organizations—including the American Hospital Association, the Medical Group Management Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American College of Surgeons, and the California Medical Association—called for Congress to drop the proposed Independent Payment Advisory Board from consideration in the reconciled healthcare reform bill.

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Doctors Demand Better Medicaid Reimbursements

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, January 13, 2010

Several major primary care physician groups, plus the AFL-CIO and Consumers Union, are among the 118 groups that sent a letter Tuesday to congressional leaders in the House and Senate urging them to support "equality of Medicaid and Medicare rates" for primary care services.

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Seven Tips to Comply with HITECH Requirements

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

As of February 17, all business associates must comply with the HIPAA security rule and parts of the privacy rule or face stiff penalties. It's time to do a last-minute check to make sure your business associates are complying with the rule.

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NYC Agrees to Fix Troubled Kings County Hospital Center

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 12, 2010

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation has entered into a consent agreement with federal authorities to clean up the troubled psychiatric emergency department and psychiatric in-patient units in its Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn. A federal investigation at KCHC reportedly uncovered systemic violations of civil rights laws protecting institutionalized people.

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Four Ways Practices Can Conduct Effective, Cost-efficient Outreach

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, January 12, 2010

Giving speeches to local groups is just one of the ways physician practices can reach out to potential patients without embarking on an expensive marketing campaign. Often, getting your practice's name and expertise out in the community is more beneficial than a billboard. Here are four low-cost and effective ways in which practices can perform community outreach.

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Elderly Man Burned to Death in Detroit-area Hospital

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

Investigators in Farmington Hills, MI, are examining the suspicious burning death of an elderly patient at Botsford Hospital, who was discovered aflame in his bed. Walter Gajewski, 92, a patient in the hospital's psychiatric unit, died from his burning injuries shortly after the Jan. 6 incident, investigators say.

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How Ready Are Hospitals for Meaningful Use?

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, January 12, 2010

Both hospital and physician organizations have recently expressed concern about providers' abilities to meet the requirements of meaningful use. So how close are hospitals to meeting the requirements?

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How a Good Night's Sleep Can Aid New Graduate Nurse Retention

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, January 12, 2010

One of the things that can make that first year of nursing so rough is adjusting to working nights, which is something tackled in the innovative new grad nurse retention program at Centra in Lynchburg, VA.

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