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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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GAO: Retiree Health Spending Remains Underfunded in Many States

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, December 29, 2009

Health-related spending represents the fastest growing component in state government budgets throughout the United States. And, while Medicaid will remain the largest health-related expenditure component among state governments for now and the near future, spending on state and local government retirees' health benefits is projected to more than double as a share of total operating revenues to 2.1% by 2050, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

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Steps to Consider When Preparing for RACs

By: James Caroll, December 28, 2009

Taking certain preventive measures can go a long way toward preparing your facility for RAC audits. One of the first steps is for you to make sure your staff understands the issues.

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Hospitals Can Weigh in on Revised Joint Commission Standard

By: Liz Jones, December 28, 2009

The Joint Commission recently asked hospitals to weigh in on the long disputed standard MS.01.01.01 (formerly MS.1.20). Hospitals only have until January 28, 2010 to read the revised standard and relay their responses to The Joint Commission.

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Visiting Physicians Association to Pay $9.5M to Resolve Whistleblower Allegations

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2009

Visiting Physicians Association, a home health services group, will pay the federal government and the state of Michigan $9.5 million to settle whistleblower allegations that it reportedly submitted false claims to three government-sponsored healthcare programs.

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Treatment Options Narrowing for Drug-Resistant Bacteria

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, December 29, 2009

While it may be less as well-known than MRSA, drug-resistant strains of the potentially dangerous bacteria, Acinetobacter, are beginning to become increasingly common in American hospitals, according to a study. In reviewing data from 300 hospitals nationwide, the researchers, part of the Washington, DC-based Extending the Cure project, looked at imipenem, an antibiotic often used as a last-line treatment against the bacteria. Between 1999 and 2006, more than a 300% increase occurred in the proportion of Acinetobacter cases resistant to the drug.

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Four Resolutions for CFOs in 2010

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2009

Here are my reflections on the past year and some suggestions for resolutions CFOs may want to consider as we bid adieu to 2009 and welcome 2010.

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AAFP President Says Health Reform Bill a Good Start for Addressing Physician Shortage

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2009

The president of the American Academy of Family Physicians says she is encouraged by several provisions in both the reform bills that begin to address the nation's dire shortage of primary care doctors.

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