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Tuesday, December 28, 2010


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HITECH: 2 Years In, Verdict Still Out

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2010

There is hardly any tangible evidence that the HITECH Act has significantly changed the landscape of protecting patients' privacy. But the legislation has given organizations plenty of reasons to be vigilant in their HIPAA compliance efforts.

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Hospital Mass Layoffs Taper in November

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2010

The nation's hospitals reported six "mass layoffs" of 50 or more employees in November, down considerably from October and September, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show.

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HHS Awards States $206M in CHIP Bonuses

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2010

The federal government on Monday awarded bonuses to 15 states that streamlined processes and boosted enrollment for uninsured children in Medicaid. The funding was included in the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization legislation signed by President Obama in February 2009.

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OIG Targets FL Providers for Medicare Abuses

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

Miami-Dade County in Florida is targeted in two Office of Inspector General reports, one which scrutinizes spending on inhaler medications and the other which examines costs for outpatient therapy.

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8 Healthcare HR Forecasts Reviewed for Accuracy

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

Journalists love closure. I started the year with eight predictions for healthcare HR in 2010. So, I thought I'd end the year with a look back to see how well – or poorly – I did as a prognosticator.

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5 Hospital Finance Questions to Ask Right Now

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, December 27, 2010

Late December is the time of year when we look at ahead with anticipation at what the future holds. With only days left in 2010, I checked in with two seasoned healthcare CFOs to get their insights on what 2011 may hold.

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Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes

By: February 15, 2011

Join us live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and share lessons learned from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment.

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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. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9339&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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