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MU Final Rules a 'Roadmap' Not a Checklist, Mostashari Says

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2011

Look for the Office of the National Coordinator to release by next year all of the final rules for Stage 2 of meaningful use. But don't expect them to be exactly what the Health IT Policy Committee recommends, says the National Coordinator for Health IT.

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OIG: Medicaid Drug Rebate Collections Uneven

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

The Office of Inspector General says it cannot determine the financial impact of states collecting Medicaid rebates for physician-administered drugs "because of incomplete and potentially inaccurate data" provided.

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UnitedHealth Group Draws $1M Fine in NV

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2011

UnitedHealth Group has agreed to pay a $1 million fine related to allegations that it violated restrictions placed on its 2008 acquisition of Sierra Health Services, the Nevada attorney general says.

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HFMA Chair Urges Teamwork, Better Patient Care

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2011

Healthcare Financial Management Association Board Chair and keynote speaker Gregory Adams tells an audience at the group's annual conference that "the days of the suits versus the white coats are over."

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AHA-Led Coalition Launches Ads Against Hospital Funding Cuts

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

An American Hospital Association-led coalition has unveiled a national advertising campaign aimed at informing Congress about the impact of further Medicare and Medicaid payments to hospitals.

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App Challenge: Battle Obesity with Public Health Data

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, June 28, 2011

Health 2.0 is challenging software developers to build web-based applications that make reams of government public health data more accessible to healthcare professionals and leaders in their fight against obesity.

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CFOs Eye Brighter Financial Days Ahead

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, June 27, 2011

Healthcare CFOs aren't optimistic about healthcare reform or the economy. Yet in spite of the pessimism, financial leaders think the future is looking up and capital expenditure plans are being dusted off.

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Nonprofits' Executive Pay Should Be More Accessible

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 27, 2011

Most nonprofit hospitals don't readily reveal the salaries and compensation packages of their top executives to public scrutiny. Salary data is not hidden exactly, but neither is it readily available on a real-time basis. I respectfully suggest that the policy be changed.

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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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Webcast: Cultivating Physician-Hospital Alignment in the ACO Era

By: June 14, 2011

Date: July 20, 2011
About: Integration will be the key to success in the accountable care era, whether your organization develops an official ACO or not. Organizations must develop strong relationships with employed and affiliated physicians. Join us to get alignment strategies to thrive in an increasingly integrated industry.

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