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Friday, February 17, 2012


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Doc Fix Awaits Legislative Action

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, February 17, 2012

A tentative agreement by a joint House-Senate conference committee delays for 10 months cuts to the sustainable growth rate formula, which determines Medicare payments to physicians. A floor vote could be taken as early as Friday.

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ICD-10 Deadline Postponed, Sebelius Confirms

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 17, 2012

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the federal government will delay for an unspecified time the compliance deadline for providers to implement the ICD-10 diagnostic and procedural coding system.

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$223M in MLR Rebates Expected in First Year

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 17, 2012

Rebates to consumers from health insurance companies that fail to meet medical loss ratio standards could total almost a quarter of a billion dollars this year, federal health officials say.

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Truthful Doctors May Prevent Malpractice Suits

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, February 16, 2012

Physician worries about malpractice litigation might actually be making the problem worse. That's because docs are keeping their mistakes under wraps and practicing defensive medicine to avoid a trip to the courthouse.

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When a Surgical Site Infection Sends a Friend Through Hell

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 16, 2012

Once in a while, you hear a story that synthesizes all the talk about infection prevention and surgical checklists into a real-life horror that is as painful as it is urgent. That's when an adverse event happens to someone you know personally.

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Rounds: Creating a High-Performance Emergency Department

By: February 7, 2012

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Value-Based Purchasing: Facing the HCAHPS Hurdle

By: January 23, 2012

New research finds that 25% of organizations have not yet begun preparing for VBP. Get additional data in this final report in a series of four from the inaugural HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange, with analysis and insight from leaders at Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, Hackensack University Medical Center, Piedmont Healthcare, Griffin Hospital, and Sharp Healthcare.

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