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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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House Vote Delays SGR Cuts

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

With just a day to spare, the House of Representatives Monday avoided a Medicare meltdown by approving a one-month delay in its scheduled 23% cut to physicians' Medicare fees as defined by the sustainable growth rate formula. The Senate took similar action earlier this month.

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CA Slaps Health Plans for Delaying Payments

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 30, 2010

California regulators on Monday fined the state's seven largest health plans $4.85 million after finding widespread patterns of unfairly processing, delaying, and denying physician and hospital reimbursement claims for patient care.

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OIG: Medicaid Paid $6.2B for Unapproved Drugs

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 30, 2010

More than a third of the prescription drugs paid for by Medicaid in 2008 were not on a list of approved drugs in National Drug Code Directory, an audit from the Office of Inspector General shows.

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WakeMed Asks for UNC Health Care Records

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 30, 2010

Private, not-for-profit WakeMed Health & Hospitals has asked to look at the public records of rival UNC Health Care and Rex Healthcare to determine if public money was used by either of the state-owned entities to duplicate and shift services to gain an unfair competitive edge.

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Hospital Execs, Get Strategic About Capital Expenditures

By: Jack Hobbs, for HealthLeaders Media, November 29, 2010

Major capital investments in facilities are often the largest single expense incurred by healthcare providers in any given year. These decisions can have lasting and permanent impact on an institution. Hospital leaders simply cannot get them wrong.

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HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations

By: October 26, 2010

Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned.

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Webcast: Tactics to Measure Financial ROI for Marketing Efforts

By: November 30, 2010

Proving marketing ROI is both critical to do, yet often hard to do. In this economic and competitive environment, the stakes are high—you need to show the efficacy of your marketing dollars through a commitment to measuring your efforts with ROI and broader means beyond brand awareness. Join HealthLeaders Media on December 13 for this 90-minute Webcast and Q&A to get specific how-to's on demonstrable marketing efficacy with case studies from Chester County Hospital and Fairview Health Services.

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Hospital Data Mining Hits Paydirt

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, November 29, 2010

Predictive analytics, also known as data mining, can overhaul the conventional hospital billing process, and offer administrators a much-sought after link between the clinical and the financial. Bonus: this technology often reveals millions in unnecessary losses.

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Let's Pull the Plug on Office Holiday Parties

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

The justifications for a holiday party usually include a sincere expression of appreciation for employees' hard work throughout the year. But a party that comes with a tacit list of do's and don'ts that is longer than the healthcare reform bill is no fun at all.

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