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Tuesday, March 15, 2011


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CA Investigating Latest Health Net Data Breach

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 15, 2011

 The California Department of Managed Health Care says it is investigating the loss of several servers containing the personal information of 1.9 million current and past Health Net enrollees.

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U.S. Nuclear Emergency Preparedness Poor, Report Says

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 15, 2011

Most states are "poorly prepared" to respond to a major radiation emergency like the nuclear disaster that Japan faces now, according to a report and survey of state health departments posted Monday by Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

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OIG Cries Foul on CMS Sexual Dysfunction Drug Reimbursements

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 15, 2011

Taxpayers paid more than $3.1 million in 2007 and 2008 for sexual or erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra that should not have been reimbursed under federal rules for Part D, according to a report Monday from the Office of Inspector General.

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FL Physician Sentenced 3.5 Years for Medicare Fraud

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 15, 2011

The former medical director of three Miami-Dade County HIV/AIDS-infusion clinics was convicted last year of conspiring to commit healthcare fraud. Based on prescriptions he signed, the clinics billed Medicare for more than $2.3 million in fraudulent claims.

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3 Readmissions to Reduce Now

By: Neal Gold, MD, Director, Sg2, for HealthLeaders Media, March 15, 2011

As the rising tide of healthcare reform rolls in, the time is now for healthcare organizations to zero in on reducing readmissions by prepping for penalty conditions, and calculating revenue at risk.

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Hospital Budgets React to Perfect Storm Created by Global Markets

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, March 14, 2011

Strange weather events, major earthquakes, and governmental unrest may be adding costs to hospital and health system budgets. If supply prices increase enough, hospital finance executives may have to consider labor decreases to offset the rise, says one expert.

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ASHHRA Girds HR for Larger Role in Hospital Operations

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 14, 2011

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act adds to HR's stature because of the provision that factors patient satisfaction into Medicare reimbursements. But for HR leaders who want to play a strategic role in hospital planning, a mere knowledge of their own areas of expertise is no longer sufficient.

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Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform

By: February 14, 2011

Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services

By: February 14, 2011

Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9460&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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