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Monday, September 13, 2010

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Sebelius Cautions Insurers on Rate Hikes

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

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says insurers with unjustified rate increases could be excluded from health insurance exchanges when they begin operating in 2014.

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CMA Sues Blue Shield Over Physician Rating System

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

The California Medical Association, which represents 35,000 doctors, says it has filed a class action lawsuit against Blue Shield for imposing an unfair and potentially harmful rating system, the Blue Ribbon Recognition Program.

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Eagle Hospital Physicians Acquired by Equity Firms

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

Eagle Hospital Physicians, an Atlanta-based  practice management company, has been acquired by private equity firms  Highlander Partners, LP, and Flexpoint Ford, with equity fund Health Enterprise  Partners, LP.  Financial terms of the  deal were not disclosed.

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NCPA: Health Law Puts Seniors at Risk

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

Quality care for the elderly and disabled will become a difficult find in the coming years. Due to healthcare law, there will be draconian cuts in doctors and hospitals payments, National Center for Policy Analysis study says.

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FDA Adds Contrast Agent Label Warning

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

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set label requirements for gadolinium-based contrast agents used in MR imaging to minimize causing the rare but serious kidney dysfunction condition called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis.

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Hospital Executives' Leadership Critical to EHR Implementation

By: The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives for HealthLeaders Media, September 13, 2010

This excerpt from The CIO's Guide to Implementing EHRs in the HITECH Era covers the senior executive's role in implementing an electronic health records system. Those in the C-suite who must lead this change are best prepared if they understand that it may indeed be profound.

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Malpractice Insurance, Defensive Medicine Apparently Not That Big a Deal

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 10, 2010

Sure, greedy, ambulance-chasing lawyers are filing frivolous lawsuits. But hospitals and physicians sometimes get away with malpractice, too. That doesn't mean the whole system is broken. In fact, it's in a lot better shape than it used to be.

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