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Nearly 20% of GDP to be Spent on Healthcare By 2020

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2011

National healthcare spending is expected to increase from 17.6% in 2010, to 19.8% in 2020 as the economic recovery spurs higher utilization and an estimated 30 million people receive health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, says a study in Health Affairs.

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States to Get Drug Rebates Even Under Managed Care

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2011

A provision in the Affordable Care Act changes states' incentives on drug plans and represents billions in potential savings even if states turn over Medicaid drug plan operations to managed care plans.

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AHIMA: Proposed HIPAA Access Requirement a 'Significant Burden'

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2011

A proposal that would require hospitals to give patients information about anyone who accessed their health records would be costly and time-consuming, the American Health Information Management Association says.

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MD Cardiologist Convicted in Cardiac Stent Scam

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 28, 2011

A Maryland cardiologist has been convicted of fraud after federal prosecutors showed that he inserted unnecessary cardiac stents into more than 100 patients as part of a scheme to defraud government and private insurers of more than $700,000.

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Understanding MLR Waiver Requests

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2011

For the most part, the basis for requesting -- and being granted -- an MLR waiver falls into a single category: fear that meeting the federal standard will destabilize the individual insurance market and result in fewer choices for consumers.

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Rural Hospitals Fight to Block $16B in Federal Cuts

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2011

As political power players in Washington continue to bicker and wrangle over the country's debt ceiling crisis, rural healthcare providers are up in arms over $16 billion in proposed cuts to rural hospitals and frontier America.

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Google+ Twitter Equals Marketing Opportunity

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2011

While Facebook continues to dominate as a social media platform, Twitter is a close second and Google+, the new kid on the block, may be a game-changer for marketers.

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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

By: June 13, 2011

Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health--first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.

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Intelligence Report: Better Care and the Bottom Line

By: June 21, 2011

54% of leaders say that ACOs will be successful in coordinating care and driving down overall costs, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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