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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Berwick Calls on Insurers to Work With CMS

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2010

In his first major speech since becoming head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services two months ago, Donald Berwick urged attendees of a health insurance conference to join the government in advancing healthcare reform goals.

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HHS Gives $20 Million for Rural EHRs

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2010

Funds from the department of Health and Human Services are intended to help some 1,655 critical access and rural hospitals convert from paper to electronic health record systems.

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Clean Malpractice Records Don’t Correlate with Doctors’ Quality, Study Finds

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2010

A RAND study finds no consistent association between the number of malpractice payments or disciplinary actions against physicians and the quality of care they provided.

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CBO: Obesity Pumps Up Healthcare Costs

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2010

From 1987 to 2007, the percentage of adults who were overweight or obese increased from 44% to 63%, while corresponding healthcare spending per adult rose almost 80%, the Congressional Budget offices reports.

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Strategies for Hospital C-suite Organization

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2010

We all know who holds the ultimate power in the C-suite, but what's the ideal balance of power among its other leaders? How do you get your top lieutenants working together as a team rather than as little tyrants lording over their healthcare fiefdoms?

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3 RAC Audit Survival Tips

By: Jeff Elliott for HealthLeaders Media, September 13, 2010

Nearly 70 percent of a Recovery Audit Contractors audit results are overturned through the right appeals process. Organizations that are most successful in appealing denials are the ones that take Medicare guidelines for admissions and respond to them point-by-point.

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A Better Way to Pay Hospitalists

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

Hospitalists are among the fastest growing medical specialties and a growing number of them are directly employed by hospitals.  New data confirms that moving away from straight base compensation and toward base salary and incentive packages can impact both productivity and quality in these medical professionals.

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