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Friday, February 18, 2011


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Medicare Fraud Strike Force Nabs 111 in 9 Cities

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 18, 2011

At least eight physicians, eight nurses, and several healthcare company executives were among those charged in the largest one-day sweep of its kind. Federal investigators say in total, those charged were responsible for at least $225 million in false billings.

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FDA Approves 3-D Mammography Machine

By: Christine Leccese, for HealthLeaders Media, February 18, 2011

Radiologists find that images created from the three-dimensional scans are better at detecting cancers and results of clinical trials showed a 15% increase in the amount of cancers caught, and a 30% decrease in callback rates.

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S&P: US Healthcare Costs Up 6% in 2010, But Growth Slowing

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 18, 2011

The growth rate of the average per capita cost of healthcare services covered by commercial health plans and Medicare programs in 2010 matched the lowest growth rates in four years, according to the Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices.

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Plastic Surgeons Trivialize Cancer in Implant Patients, Group Says

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 18, 2011

Two plastic surgeon organizations have urged their members to misrepresent the risks of unusual cases of lymphoma to their patients who have had breast implants, charges Public Citizen Health Research Group.

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Doctors, Hospitals Should Share Blame For Recalled Medical Devices

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 17, 2011

This week's report that a whopping 80% of medical devices so dangerous that they had to be recalled had been cleared for use under a flawed, federal processleaves no room for doubt: there's plenty of blame to go around.

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Baylor Embraces Quality Improvement Initiatives

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, February 17, 2011

Although physicians may worry about healthcare reform and financial outlooks, they are enthusiastic about quality improvement initiatives for patient care. This much was evident at a HealthLeaders Media Rounds panel discussion this week.

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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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Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction

By: February 16, 2011

Dedication to mission is strong and getting stronger, but just how to accomplish that mission is less certain, according to the just-released results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/industry_survey/

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