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Monday, July 19, 2010


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Feds Charge 94 Suspects in Five-city Medicare Fraud Sweep

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

Ninety-four people in five cities—including more than seven physicians—have been charged in alleged schemes to submit $251 million in Medicare false claims, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday.

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Fewer Medicare Patients for Specialists Due to Consult Code Cuts

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2010

About one in five physicians has eliminated or cut back on accepting new Medicare patients, according to a survey by the American Medical Association and 17 professional specialist societies.

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Medicare RAC Focuses on Medicare Advantage, Prescriptions

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2010

Medicare Recovery Audit Contracting has made great strides in recovering millions of dollars lost to waste and fraud in the past few years. Its success with the new areas of Medicare Advantage (Part C), Medicaid, and prescription drug coverage (Part D) as spelled out earlier this year under the new healthcare reform law, is uncertain according to those testifying last week before a Senate panel.

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Exit Interview Tips for Hospitals and Residents

By: Julie McCoy, July 19, 2010

As the academic year draws to a close, many residency programs are conducting their final exit interviews. To be most effective, program directors and other exit interviewers must remember that these meetings are a two-way street. Not only do you provide trainees with valuable feedback, you also gain insights for program improvement.

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Six Tips for Measuring Hospitalist Program Performance

By: Liz Jones, July 19, 2010

Hospitalist programs must measure their performance regularly to gauge whether they are making any progress toward their improvement initiatives. Despite the inherent benefits of tracking progress, 30-50% of hospitalist programs don't use them, says John Nelson, MD, FACP, partner at Nelson Flores, LLC, a hospitalist consulting firm based in Bellevue, WA.

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How Do Hospital CEOs Feel About the Healthcare Economy?

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, July 16, 2010

The majority of CEOs, representing a broad swath of industries, expect to increase their companies' profits in the next year, a Conference Board study says. Can the same level of confidence be found in the hospital sector? Our own survey results specifically for hospital CEOs won't be out for a few months. But that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun guessing what the prevailing attitudes are right now.

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