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Friday, October 23, 2009

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Hospital Collaborative Finds Sharing Data Saves Costs, Lives

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 23, 2009

Hospitals participating in the first year of the Premier healthcare alliance's national collaborative, QUEST: High Performance Hospitals, saved an estimate 8,043 lives and $577 million by focusing on areas to improve healthcare, according to study results released this week.

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Escalating Medicare and Medicaid Auditing on the Horizon

By: Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2009

It's no longer just RAC, MAC, CERT, and ZPIC audits looking to ensure the accuracy of Medicare payments. Providers are also subject to increased scrutiny on the Medicaid side, as states are working with the federal government to help reduce payment error rates and recoup overpayments.

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Financial Outlook for California Hospitals Improves, Despite Plummeting Investment Income

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 23, 2009

The latest financial charts from California hint that hospitals in the Golden State are starting to emerge from the recession. Hospitals have suffered enormously because of a precipitous drop in their investment portfolio.

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Why are More Hospital Executives Pursuing M-degrees?

By: Karen M. Cheung, October 23, 2009

More physician executives are currently pursing post-graduate business degrees, according to a new report 2009 Physician Executive Compensation Survey from Cejka Search. Why do physicians spend the extra time and money for advanced business and management degrees? For many, it's a pathway to advancing their career.

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AMA Launches Web-based Flu Assessment Program

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2009

The American Medical Association today launched a new Web-based program to improve patients' and physicians' communication and coordination of care for seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus.

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Kaiser Permanente's Thrive Campaign Reaches Milestone, Launches New Ads

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, October 23, 2009

The ads in the latest installment of Kaiser Permanente's "Thrive" campaign at first evoke thoughts of TV spots for a computer company or financial organization, rather than those of a healthcare organization.

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The SGR Lives, For Now

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2009

The future of physician reimbursement is now officially tied to the outcome of healthcare reform efforts.

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Quality in 2009: Stuck in Neutral?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2009

Since the National Committee for Quality Assurance has been compiling its annual State of Health Care Quality report, "there's never been a more opportune time" to present it, said NCQA President Margaret E. O'Kane.

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