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Thursday, January 13, 2011

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Healthcare Payers, Providers Partner on Claims Processing

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, January 13, 2011

Payers and providers are finding that it benefits both to streamline what often has been a contentious element of the business of healthcare.

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CMA Files Suit Over Optometrists' Scope of Practice

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 13, 2011

The California Medical Association and the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons object to new rules that allow optometrists to treat glaucoma.

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BCBSA's Holland Rejects Conflict of Interest Criticism

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 13, 2011

 A consumer watchdog group is criticizing the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's hiring of Kim Holland, a former state insurance commissioner, for a key executive position in Washington.

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Signature Hospital Corp. Prepares to Close

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 13, 2011

The Houston-based company announces plans to sell its three hospitals and wind down operations by the end of 2011.

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NFL Team Owner Gives $20M for Community Health

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, January 12, 2011

In a move straight out of the primary care provider wishlist playbook, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is funding training and loan repayments for physicians and nurse practitioners who pledge to serve in community-based programs.

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ED Services Still a Selling Point in 2011

By: Doug Desjardins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 12, 2011

One of the top hospital marketing trends of 2010 was promoting estimated wait times and even reservations for emergency department visits. That trend should continue to pick up steam in 2011.

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Healthcare Data Worth its Weight in Gold

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, January 12, 2011

Health plans are looking at new ways to lower their exposure to medical expenses. Turns out they're sitting on a treasure trove, so to speak: terabytes upon terabytes of valuable medical data.

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Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services

By: December 16, 2010

Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women’s loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women’s health marketing experts.

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Audio conference: Under IRS Scrutiny: Ensuring Compliant Hospital-Physician Compensation Plans

By: January 10, 2011

As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements.

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