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Friday, August 27, 2010

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EHR, Coding Compliance Dates Begin Jan. 2011

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 27, 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid this week reminded healthcare providers, health plans, clearinghouses, and vendors about looming compliance dates for new diagnosis and procedure codes, and updated standards for electronic healthcare transactions.

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High-Risk PCI Patients Need Standby IABP Strategy

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 27, 2010

Use of an increasingly common percutaneous coronary intervention of inserting an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) to improve blood flow prior to patients undergoing stent placement did not lower rates of repeat procedures, heart attacks or death in patients, researchers say.

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CDC: Flu Death Forecast 'A Moving Target'

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 27, 2010

Rather than issuing a flat number of expected yearly influenza deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to move away from a single number and give a range over a particular period of time, based on the pathogenicity of circulating strains.

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Physician Lawsuits Not Uncommon, AMA Says

By: Karen Cheung, for HealthLeaders Media, August 27, 2010

For every 100 physicians, there are 95 medical lawsuits, according to a report from the American Medical Association. With nearly an overall average of one liability claim per physician, the report calls for tort reform for lower healthcare costs.

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Twisted Tale: MD Charged In Medicaid Drug Fraud Scheme Once Helped Drug Users

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, August 26, 2010

A New York physician, once hailed as a rising star for her work with AIDS patients and drug abusers allegedly wrote nearly $1 million in prescriptions paid by Medicaid for Oxycontin, Percocet, and generic oxycontin pills that were sold in a fraud scheme, authorities said.

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Quality Improvement Initiatives Raise Ethics Questions

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 26, 2010

Over the last two decades, quality improvement initiatives have flourished among hospitals and healthcare systems. But, while enhancing the quality of healthcare is important—and often required by accrediting organizations and others—the process of improvement can raise ethical issues.

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