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Friday, November 18, 2011

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Parkland Health Inks Contract with Management Consultant

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2011

As part of its continuing efforts to shore up its operations to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services standards, Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas has signed a multi-million dollar contract with a professional services firm that specializes in performance improvement.

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Cost-Shifting Blamed for Commercial Insurance Cost Growth

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

Costs for healthcare services covered by commercial plans far outstrip Medicare services growth, even with the federal healthcare program’s older, sicker population, according to Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices. Analysts blame cost-shifting.

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CMS Delays HIPAA 5010 Enforcement

By: Michelle A. Leppert, CPC-A, for HealthLeaders Media, November 18, 2011

Enforced compliance with the HIPAA 5010 transaction set will not begin until until March 31, 2012. The 90-day delay will not affect the implementation date for the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding systems, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Quashing Access to Data, Feds Muddle Commitment to Transparency

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

The Department of Health and Human Services has backtracked on its commitment to "transparency" by restricting public access to the National Practitioner Data Bank, which helps patients and others identify problem doctors by state.

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Lifting a Regulatory Burden Could Create Dangerous Consequences

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

Leaders of acute care facilities are welcoming a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposal to relax some Medicare conditions of participation. But the added workload and risks to staff and patients could outweigh any benefit.

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Webcast: On-Call Compensation—Data-Driven Solutions

By: November 7, 2011

Date: December 6, 2011
About: By engaging physicians in a data-driven approach to payment, you can develop a workable solution to the call coverage conundrum. Join compensation experts from Children's Hospital of Orange County and ECG Management for strategies for affordable, sustainable call compensation.

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Webcast: Tackle Physician Turnover Costs, Rev Up Recruitment

By: November 7, 2011

Date: December 20, 2011
About: Losing just one physician can mean a $1 million hit to your budget, and most facilities have turnover rates that are much higher. Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute webcast and Q&A, featuring Brett Walker, director, physician & provider recruiting, at Indiana University Health and J. Gregory Stovall, MD, senior VP of medical affairs for Trinity Mother Frances Health System. Learn proven techniques and strategies to address your recruitment and retention challenges.

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