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Friday, April 2, 2010


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Hospital War Centers Around Achieving Better Payer Mix

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 2, 2010

A decades-old hospital war erupted Thursday when the University of California announced plans to build a $664 million, 245-bed medical center next to its 119-bed facility in affluent La Jolla—minutes from Scripps Health's two flagship hospitals and the 236-bed VA facility. UCSD said it plans to scale down its existing 386-bed hospital in Hillcrest, near downtown San Diego, which now serves large segments of the poor, and move Hillcrest imaging, advanced surgery, neonatal intensive care, and women's services to its new Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla by 2016.

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State Medical Boards Disciplined More Doctors in 2009

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 2, 2010

State medical boards took 5,721 disciplinary actions against physicians, an increase of 342 actions over 2008, according to the newly released Summary of Board Actions report from the Federation of State Medical Boards. The report details the state-by-state disciplinary actions taken by its 70-member medical boards, along with information about the context in which each board operates, including standards of proof required when prosecuting cases and the healthcare professions regulated.

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CMS Needs to Improve Improper Medicare Payment Recovery, Says GAO

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 2, 2010

The General Accounting Office issued a report Thursday criticizing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, saying that the agency has not addressed system vulnerabilities that have allowed $231 million in improper payments. The agency operated a congressionally-mandated demonstration project for three years through March 2008 to see if recovery audit contractors could identify Medicare improper payments and recoup overpayments.

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J.D. Power and Associates: Health Plan Member Satisfaction Tumbles

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2010

Health insurance member satisfaction took a tumble this year, likely because members don’t understand their health plans, according to the new J.D. Power and Associates 2010 U.S. Member Health Insurance Plan Study. J.D. Power and Associates reported that member satisfaction dropped in all areas except customer service, which remained flat.

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Healthcare Creates 26,800 Jobs in March

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 2, 2010

The healthcare sector created 26,800 jobs in March and the overall economy created 162,000 new jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data released this morning. The national jobless rate remained steady at 9.7%.

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Adventist Health System, University Community Health May Merge

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2010

Winter Park, FL-based Adventist Health System and University Community Health in Tampa Bay have signed a non-binding letter of intent to explore a possible merger, the two health systems announced jointly.

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Capital BlueCross Eliminates 182 Jobs

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2010

Capital BlueCross announced it has eliminated 182 jobs in what the Harrisburg, PA-based health insurer said is an ongoing effort to increase efficiency and lower operating costs.

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Former Contractor Indicted in Alleged Bid-Rigging Conspiracy at New York Hospital

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2010

A federal grand jury in Manhattan has indicted a former re-insulation contractor for allegedly participating in a bid-rigging scheme at New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Department of Justice announced.

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Physician-Owned Hospitals Are Losers in Healthcare Reform Law

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2010

After President Obama signed healthcare reform legislation last week, there was much joy (at least for Democrats). For physicians who own hospitals, it meant upheaval.

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The Key to a High-Performance Multihospital System

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 1, 2010

A new guide from the American Hospital Association’s Health Research & Educational Trust found that overall, it is difficult to link one specific element that ties together high-performing multihospital systems.

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