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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Feds Propose Review of Health Insurance Rate Hikes

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 21, 2010

Starting in 2011, health insurers would have to publicly disclose and justify premium rate increases of 10% or higher to determine if the rate increase is "unreasonable," according to proposed federal regulations called for in the Affordable Care Act.

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Drug Firm to Pay Feds $280 Million to Settle Pricing Claims

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 22, 2010

In a whistleblower suit, the U.S. Justice Department accused Dey Pharma  of violating the False Claims Act by artificially inflating prices for drugs reimbursed with federal funds.

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Surgical Complications Linked to Delayed Chemo in CRC Patients

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, December 22, 2010

 Complications of colorectal surgery -- including infections which may be preventable -- may delay chemotherapy and affect both short- and long-term cancer outcomes, researchers find.

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Malpractice Mediation Lacks Physician Participation

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, December 22, 2010

Using mediation to resolve medical malpractice lawsuits could reduce costs, and lead to reformed hospital procedures, but too often, that potential goes unrealized, researchers say.

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Ellen Makar: Nursing Informatics Leader

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, December 2, 2010

In our annual HealthLeaders 20, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better. Some are longtime industry fixtures; others would clearly be considered outsiders. Some are revered; others would not win many popularity contests. All of them are playing a crucial role in making the healthcare industry better. This is Ellen Makar's story.

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Webcast: Primary Care for Better Outcomes, Value, and Coordination

By: December 15, 2010

Given the shortage of primary care physicians and the increasingly competitive physician market, you need both proven best-practice strategies and innovative new ideas to recruit, retain, and align your primary care physicians. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 25, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to develop primary care networks that improve outcomes and care coordination for your community.

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Intelligence Report: Reform Readiness

By: December 15, 2010

As the healthcare industry prepares for fundamental change under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report reveals that 60% of healthcare leaders say neither the quality nor the efficiency of care at their organization will get any better under reform. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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