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Thursday, June 17, 2010

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HHS Details $250M Investment in Primary Care Workforce

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 17, 2010

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the federal government has targeted $250 million to bolster the nation's primary care workforce. The funding represents the first allocation from the $500 million Prevention and Public Health fund for fiscal 2010, created by the Affordable Care Act. Half of the fund—$250 million—will attempt to boost the number of primary care providers in the United States.

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Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, Two Member Hospitals, Physician Group, to Pay $2.6 Million to Resolve Whistleblower Fraud Claims

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

The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, two member hospitals, and an affiliated physician group will pay the federal government $2.6 million to settle alleged kickback-for-referral allegations, the Department of Justice announced.

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Before You Make That Cut

By: June 9, 2010

Strategic halo models can reveal vital fiscal connections among service lines.

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Uninsured Rate Up Slightly in 2009, CDC Says

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 17, 2010

In 2009, the last full year before healthcare reform legislation went into effect, 15.4%—or about 46.3 million Americans—had no healthcare insurance, according to a Centers for Disease Control survey released Wednesday. This rate is slightly up (from 14.7% or 43.8 million Americans) from 2008. The percentage of adults aged 18 to 64 years who lacked coverage at the time of contact by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics increased from 19.7% in 2008 to 21.1% in 2009.

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Reduce RAC Vulnerabilities with a Quality CDI Program

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, June 17, 2010

DRG (diagnosis-related groups) validation issues have been the main target of RACs (recovery audit coordinators) nationwide in recent months. When unclear documentation results in improperly assigned DRGs, it puts facilities at risk for RAC denials. However, an effective clinical documentation improvement program aims to minimize these financial risks by producing the most accurate and comprehensive medical records possible—records that fully support the condition of the patient and the services rendered.

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Prying Eyes May Cost Hospitals Millions

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

At least one state is getting very serious about instilling a culture of health information confidentiality.

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Pay Patients Without Overpaying

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, June 16, 2010

Sometimes it seems that paying cash is the only way to get anyone to do anything, even when inaction is potentially life threatening.

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Time to Break the Taboo of Wooing Well-insured Patients

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, June 16, 2010

You won't often overhear a hospital marketer loudly proclaim at a dinner party that their organization is trying to attract more insured patients. While this is understandable, high-value patients keep hospitals in business.

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Join the HealthLeaders Media Council

By: June 14, 2010

If you want even better insight into what your peers are doing as healthcare experiences seismic changes, this is an opportunity you can't afford to pass up. The HealthLeaders Media Council is comprised of the nation's leading healthcare executives who collectively provide the most unbiased industry intelligence available. As a HealthLeaders reader, we invite you to qualify to become a member by completing a brief survey.

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