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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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HHS Unveils Medical Loss Ratio Regulations

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 22, 2010

Medical loss ratio regulations issued Monday will require health insurers in 2011 to spend between 80% - 85% of consumers' premiums on direct care for patients and care quality improvements, the Department of Health and Human Services has announced.

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Prior Authorization Hurts Patient Care, AMA Survey Finds

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 23, 2010

Requiring physicians to ask for preauthorization from health insurance companies complicates medical decisions and delays or interrupts patient care, according to a national survey released by the American Medical Association.

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CA Health Records Breaches Net $800,000 in Fines

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

Six California hospitals and a convalescent home—including four small rural facilities—must pay nearly $800,000 because of eight health information privacy breaches.

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Medication Cost Factors in Prescription Abandonment

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, November 23, 2010

Patients having a co-pay of $50 are almost four times more likely to abandon a prescription at a pharmacy than those paying $10, according research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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$290M Loan Program to Reimburse Docs in Underserved Areas

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 23, 2010

Health and Human Services has unveiled a $290 million loan repayment program with potential to reimburse primary care physicians and dentists up to $60,000 if they agree to practice for two years in medically underserved areas.

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Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions

By: November 15, 2010

Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat.

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned.

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Holiday Schedule

By: November 23, 2010

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, HealthLeaders Media Daily News & Analysis will not be published on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th. It will return on Monday, November 29th.

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Hoping for Repeal is Not a Strategy

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, November 19, 2010

I'm up to my neck in surveys lately here at HealthLeaders Media. The report I'm working on now regards the level of readiness health systems have when it comes to health reform law. There's one striking conclusion: Some of you are pinning your hopes for your organization's long-term well-being on repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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