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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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Meaningful Use Criteria Announcement Imminent

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

HHS will reveal on Tuesday morning what physicians and hospitals will have to do to receive about $20 billion in bonus Medicare payments for the adoption of electronic health records.

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Teaching Hospitals Prep for FICA Rebates

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

Teaching hospitals are trying to regain FICA taxes that they and residents paid from 1995 until April 1, 2005. For years, the IRS had treated medical residents as employees, requiring them and their teaching hospitals to pay FICA taxes on their earnings. Hospitals claim medical residents are students exempt from paying FICA taxes.

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Private Practices Revealed On Patient Breach Website

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2010

The names of "private practices" reporting breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals have been revealed.

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Malpractice Data Analysis Offers Window into Surgical Error

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2010

The term "malpractice" often invokes images of courtrooms and spiraling insurance rates, but malpractice data can often be used for the purpose of fostering patient safety. In the surgical world, that information is increasingly more important as the amount and types of surgeries performed climb each year.

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Physician-Patient E-mail Improves Quality, Study Finds

By: July 13, 2010

Some doctors have been reluctant to communicate with patients via e–mail, in part because of reimbursement and medical liability concerns. But a new study in Health Affairs provides a compelling case for opening up the inbox to patients: It may improve the quality of care.

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Hospital Ads Suggest Medicare Reimbursement Cuts Will Hurt Care Quality

By: July 13, 2010

Patients might expect compromised care if a proposed $3.7 billion cut in Medicare reimbursement takes effect starting Oct. 1 for fiscal 2011, hospital trade groups say.

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Bleak Physician Recruitment News for Smaller Markets, Independent Practices

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

Troubling yet predictable findings emerge from the 2010 Review of Physician Recruiting Incentives, the annual survey from physician recruiters Merritt Hawkins/AMN Healthcare, which reflects the market realities of the past year for healthcare in a down economy.

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A CFO's Worst Nightmare? Seeing Red.

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, July 12, 2010

More than a few hospitals have found their finances in critical condition over the last couple of years. Here's how one medical facility got into a financial mess, and more importantly, how it was able to extricate itself.

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