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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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It's Happened Again: FTC Delays Red Flags Rule Enforcement

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission delayed enforcement of the Red Flags Rule for a fifth time, this time extending the date seven months. Enforcement was scheduled for June 1, 2010. It is now changed to December 31, 2010. The FTC says on its Web site the delay comes at the request of Congress as it "considers legislation that would affect the scope of entities covered by the rule."

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Doctors Get Reprieve To 2011 From June 1 Red Flag Rule Enforcement

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2010

One week after the American Medical Association said it has filed a lawsuit against the federal government for imposing the Red Flags rule on physicians, the Federal Trade Commission today said it would delay enforcement from the Tuesday June 1 date until Dec. 31. AMA officials, which want the FTC to completely exempt doctors from having to comply with the rule, said they are pleased. They joined the American Osteopathic Association in a lawsuit last week saying it imposes an unnecessary and cumbersome burden on physicians and erodes the doctor-patient relationship, which is based on trust.

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Physician Anger Rises over Congress' Failure to Meet June 1 Doc Fix Deadline

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2010

For physicians, the third time has not been the charm this year for those looking to finally get some relief from a 21% cut in Medicare and TRICARE physician reimbursements. While the House voted on Friday 245 171 to approve of a 19-month plan to stall the 21% reduction starting June 1, the Senate will not be able to act until it returns from its Memorial Day recess June 7.

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Providers Leaning on Tracking Software as RACs Press On

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, May 28, 2010

With the growing number of CMS-approved RAC issues and the impending medical necessity audits on the horizon, the need for RAC tracking software rises daily for providers nationwide.

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Race Matching in Heart Transplants Does Not Improve Survival

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 1, 2010

Academic research has produced conflicting reports on whether heart transplant patients have better survival and less frequent organ rejection if the transplanted heart comes from a donor of the same race. But a new study from Johns Hopkins Medicine puts the issue to rest. In a review of 20,185 heart transplant patients who had surgery at 140 hospitals, researchers found that recipients of organs from donors with the same racial background did no better or worse than those who received organs from donors of different races.

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Put Residents at the Center of Patient Safety With Housestaff Quality Councils

By: Julie McCoy, May 28, 2010

New York-Presbyterian Hospital's Housestaff Quality Council provides hospitals with a model for engaging residents in patient safety and quality initiatives and policymaking.

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Don't Cut Here! Lower Inpatient Satisfaction Scores an Ominous Sign

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, May 28, 2010

Patients are getting wiser toward customer service, and so should you.

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