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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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Live from HFMA-ANI: Searching for Savings in the Reform Era

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2010

Hospitals aren't sitting on their collective hands waiting for healthcare reform to take a bite out of their bottom lines. In less than 24 hours at the Healthcare Financial Management Association's Annual National Institute in Las Vegas, I've heard nothing but a constant refrain about efficiency, value, and cost cutting. Hospitals aren't yet sure how to get there, but they know they must as they prepare for the gradual implementation of the healthcare reform law over the next several years.

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New Proton Beam Cancer Center Could be the Nation's Ninth

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

Scripps Health and Scripps Clinic Medical Group are allowing their name and their doctors to help build a $185 million proton beam center for cancer therapy, a for-profit venture in San Diego that could be the eighth accelerator in the nation when it opens in 2013, and the second in the Western United States. The Scripps Proton Therapy Center will be financed and owned by Advanced Particle Therapy LLC of Minden, NV, but will be managed by Scripps Clinic physicians.

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Individual Health Insurance Market Buffeted by Higher Premium Costs

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2010

Just as the debate on healthcare reform was coming to a close on Capitol Hill this spring, individuals who purchase their own health insurance were finding that most recent requests for premium increases from their insurers were averaging 20% nationwide, according to a new survey released Monday by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.

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What Physicians Want

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Magazine, June 9, 2010

A group practice offers benefits of hospital employment, but in a physician-owned model.

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Select Medical Holdings Corp. to Acquire Regency Hospital Co.

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 21, 2010

Select Medical Holdings Corp. announced today that it will acquire Alpharetta, GA-based Regency Hospital Co. LLC, the operators of 23 long-term acute care hospitals in nine states, in a deal valued at $210 million.

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Millions Lost To Contractual Underpayments, and How My Cable Bill Can Help

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, June 21, 2010

I'm about to offer you a hard pill to swallow; as many as 40% of your payers are likely underpaying you AND they aren't doing it intentionally AND they aren't violating your contracts.

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Hospitals, Healthcare Sector 'Walk The Talk' With Wellness Programs

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 21, 2010

Just a few years ago, the healthcare sector lagged behind the rest of the economy on healthy workplace issues such as smoking cessation and weight-loss counseling. Not any more.

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