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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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CMS To Combine Quality Reporting Programs

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2010

Physicians who report quality measures to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) using electronic health records (EHRs) will soon be able to combine data with physicians who demonstrate "meaningful use" of those records under the HITECH Act.

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Doctors Balk At Vaccinating Pending Plan Reimbursement Increases

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2010

With a state-declared epidemic of whooping cough threatening to set a 50-year record of illness and death in the state, some California physicians are refusing to administer the vaccine to adults or children, saying that health plans aren't reimbursing them anywhere near what it costs them to buy it.

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EHR, Operating Cost Hikes Challenge Practice Managers

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2010

Rising operating costs, managing finances amid Medicare reimbursement shifts, and installing electronic health records are the top three challenges for medical practice managers, survey shows.

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New HHS Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Accepting Applications

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services' new Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (OCIIO) began accepting applications on Tuesday for a program that gives financial relief for employers, unions, nonprofits, or state and local governments to provide coverage to early retirees—those age 55 or older who are not yet eligible for Medicare.

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28 States Report Obesity Increase

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2010

Adult obesity rates increased in 28 states in the past year, while declining only in Washington, DC, according to "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010," a new report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Overall, more than two thirds of states (38) had adult obesity rates above 25%. The report looked at obesity by examining racial, ethnic, regional, and income disparities. Adult obesity rates for blacks and Latinos, for instance, were found to be higher than for whites in at least 40 states and Washington, DC.

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Taking On the Cost Drivers

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Magazine, June 9, 2010

While most expense categories are unavoidable, there are ways to reduce costs.

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Clinical Studies Fueled by EMR Data

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2010

Montefiore Medical Center researchers are harnessing the power of more than a decade's worth of electronic medical record data using a software program called Clinical Looking Glass.

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Moody's Reports Nurse Strike Will Have Credit Negative Effect

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, June 29, 2010

The temperature is rising in the dispute between the Minnesota Nurses Union and Twin Cities Hospitals. The union said it will begin an open-ended strike on July 6 if a deal is not reached with six local hospital systems

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