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Monday, January 24, 2011

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OIG: Medicare Advantage Prepayments Cost CMS Millions

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 24, 2011

The Office of Inspector General recommends that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shift away from making prepayments to Medicare Advantage organizations, which typically hold funds for 46 days before paying for medical services.

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St. Jude Medical to Pay $16M to Settle Kickback Claims

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 24, 2011

Pacemaker and defibrillator maker St. Jude Medical Inc. will pay $16 million to resolve whistleblower allegations that it illegally used post-market studies and a registry to pay kickbacks to physicians who used the device maker's products, the Justice Department said Friday.

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Cancer Costs to Rise 27% by 2020

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 24, 2011

Cancer costs pose a challenge for policy makers charged with allocating future resources on research, treatment, and prevention, researchers say. As the US population ages, cancer costs are predicted to climb to $158 billion in 2020.

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OCR Patient Data Breach List Hits 225

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, January 24, 2011

The Office for Civil Rights has been documenting reports of unsecured protected health information on its Web site since February 2010. It averages 13 reports per month.

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FTC OKs Connecticut Health Alliance

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 24, 2011

The Federal Trade Commission has approved the affiliation of Hartford HealthCare and Central Connecticut Health Alliance, the parent company of The Hospital of Central Connecticut, the two health systems have announced.

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Physician Practice Too Small for a PCMH? Think Again

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, January 21, 2011

 Making your physician practice into a patient-centered medical home can seem like a daunting proposition. But if you're not trying to develop a medical home out of your primary care practice, don't let being "too small" be your excuse.

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Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services

By: December 16, 2010

Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women’s loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women’s health marketing experts.

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Audio conference: Under IRS Scrutiny: Ensuring Compliant Hospital-Physician Compensation Plans

By: January 10, 2011

As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements.

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