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CMS Proposes to Rescind Lab Requisition Signature Requirement

By: Andrea Kraynak, CPC, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2011

After 10 years, the requirements for signatures on lab requisitions are still in flux. CMS is now proposing to rescind the requirement for signatures on all lab requisitions that it previously finalized in the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule last November.

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Healthcare Online Job Postings Fall in June

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2011

Labor demand has slowed and June online job postings for healthcare practitioners, technical workers, and healthcare support staff are no exception.

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HHS Issues Final Interim 'Red Tape' Rule

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2011

The so-called "Red-Tape" rule requiring health plans and certain healthcare providers to follow rules for electronic transactions is designed to eliminate manual processes. It will save an estimated $12 billion over ten years, the Department of Health and Human Services estimates.

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ACO Concerns Top Challenges for Medical Practice Managers

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 1, 2011

Multiple operational issues and the financial risks associated with accountable care organizations have medical practice managers concerned, a Medical Group Management Association survey shows.

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Lax Rules for Medical Residents an 'Abuse of Trust'

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 24, 2011

The rules for residency training set to take effect on July 1 "stop considerably short" of patient safety best practices and "amount to an abuse of patient trust," says the co-author of a report.

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Videos Go 'Viral' in Fight Against HAIs

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2011

In an effort to raise hand washing compliance levels among healthcare workers and lower rates of hospital-acquired infections, APIC sponsors a video competition and picks a winner.

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Drama Plays Role in Doctors' Drug Abuse Education

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2011

Physicians don't discuss the problem of prescription drug abuse with their patients either often enough or well enough. Now the National Institute of Drug Abuse is tapping into a legendary piece of American theater to drive home a message about prescription drug addiction and intervention.

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Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

By: June 14, 2011

Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.

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Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language

By: June 21, 2011

Date: July 27, 2011
About: As a marketer, you need to learn the new paradigm of managing population health vs. growing patient volume in a traditional environment. Advance your understanding of how to align ACO marketing with business needs, as well as market accountability to providers, and ultimately your community. LINK:

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