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Thursday, September 16, 2010


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Lexapro Maker to Pay $313 Million to Settle FDA Charges

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2010

The payment will resolve criminal and civil liability charges arising from accusations which involve Forest Pharmaceuticals drugs Levothroid, a treatment for thyroid deficiency, and its antidepressants, Celexa and Lexapro.

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Premium Tax Credit Could Slash Private Health Insurance Costs

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2010

A tax credit slated to go into effect in 2014 could help more than 28.6 million Americans buy healthcare coverage—even if they have pre-existing conditions, change jobs, or experience drops in income, report says.

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OIG: Medicare May End Up Overpaying for ESRD Drugs

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2010

The office of inspector general recommends that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services develop "a more accurate method" for estimating changes in the prices of certain drugs.

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BCBS Illinois Partners With Device Maker to Fight HAIs

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2010

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and medical device maker CareFusion have formed a 23-hospital quality initiative which aims to improve clinical outcomes and cut healthcare costs by reducing hospital acquired infections and medication errors.

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Feds to Protect St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center Pensions

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2010

The federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. said this week it will assume responsibility for the pension plan covering more than 9,500 workers and retirees at the shuttered St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in New York City.

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HHS Awards $31M for Prevention Projects

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services will send $31 million to 10 communities in eight states, and the South Carolina Health Department, for programs to reduce obesity and smoking, increase physical activity, and improve nutrition.

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Sebelius Talks Tough to Insurers, Needs to Take Action

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2010

Insurers that "unjustifiably" raise premium rates may be deemed ineligible to participate in health insurance exchanges come 2014, says Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  The insurance industry is an easy target to blame for rising healthcare costs and Sebelius is piling on. Whether she can bend the industry to her will and clamp down on rate hikes remains to be seen.

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Stop Waiting for Emerging Media to Emerge

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2010

In a Q&A session on "the future of emerging media" at a conference this week, many of the questions surprised me. About half of the attendees were well versed in social platforms and wanted information on the nitty-gritty of tracking and strategy, the other half still seemed worried about opening their organization up to online criticism and were skeptical about achieving leadership buy-in. This half of the group is clearly struggling to embrace social media. One woman proudly proclaimed that, after hours of work, she had successfully created a Facepage.

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Hospitals Caught Between a Rock and A Hard Place Over ’Observation’

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2010

On one side, administrators and physicians are required by Medicare's strict billing criteria to place certain patients in "observation" status rather than admit them as regular inpatients. On the other, admitting these borderline patients and billing Medicare accordingly, could trigger a recovery audit contractor investigation, headaches, and a huge loss of federal reimbursement dollars.

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