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Friday, May 29, 2009

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RAC-Approved Screening Criteria: Myth or Reality?

By: Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, May 28, 2009

Will using InterQual, Milliman, MCAP or other screening criteria help keep RACs off your back? Perhaps, but these decision-support products are merely screening criteria—and over reliance on them without adequate physician consultation could spell trouble for hospitals financially.

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'Hidden Health Tax' Costs U.S. Families $1k a Year

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 29, 2009

The "hidden health tax"–a surcharge on family health coverage paid each year by employees and businesses to subsidize uncompensated care–grew to $1,017 in 2008, while the cost for insured individuals grew to $368, according to a Families USA report.

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At least 52 million Americans Will Be Uninsured in 2010

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 29, 2009

The number of uninsured Americans will balloon another 6.9 million next year, stretching the number of uninsured to 52 million, according to a report released this week.

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OIG Audit Finds No Problems with Medicaid Recovery Funding

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

In its first audit of funds provided under the  federal stimulus package, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General found that HHS had correctly calculated temporary increases in Medicaid's medical assistance percentages.

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New CCHIT Certification Process to Remain Flexible

By: Lisa Eramo, for HealthLeaders Media, May 28, 2009

The Office of the National Coordinator has until December 31 to release a final set of EHR standards and certification criteria. The timeline means there could potentially be several more months of unknowns related to what incentive prerequisites will entail. But that shouldn't stop physicians from considering a certified EHR product.

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Recession Causing Employees to Make Lifestyle Changes to Control Costs

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 28, 2009

The recession is taking a toll on American employees' health and consequently motivating them to make behavioral changes—for better or for worse—and to better control their own healthcare costs, according to a new survey.

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State Chamber, RWJ Foundation Tackle Nursing Shortage Problem

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

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation today unveiled a five-year, $22 million initiative to bolster the Garden State's nursing workforce.

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HRET Receives $1.8 Million Safety, Quality Contract

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

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded a 20-month, $1.8 million contract to the Health Research & Educational Trust to develop new ways to encourage hospitals to implement AHRQ safety and quality products and tools.

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What Physician Shortage?

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, May 28, 2009

What if there is no physician shortage? Or to be more specific, what if there is a hypothetical shortage, but we're considering all the wrong solutions?

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