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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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CMS IPPS Policy Detailed

By: Doreen V. Bentley, August 3, 2010

We examine the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) final rule to update policies and rates for fiscal year 2011. The rule maintains long-standing CMS policy and implements some provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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AHA Protests CMS 2.9% Final Inpatient Rule Cuts

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

The American Hospital Association is strongly protesting the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Service's newly announced 2.9% final inpatient rule reimbursement cuts for Fiscal 2011, saying the economic impact from the loss of an estimated $3.7 billion in cuts could prove catastrophic for the nation's 3,500 acute-care hospitals.

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Healthcare Online Job Postings Slip

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2010

The July drop in job ads was largely due to decreases in advertised vacancies for physicians, surgeons, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech pathologists, report says.

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OCR: Breach Notification Final Rule Under Review

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2010

The Office for Civil Rights called its withdrawal of the breach notification final rule from further review last week “routine, formal regulatory processes.” Further review to craft the final HITECH-required rule will set the foundation for how covered entities and business associates respond during a breach of unsecured protected health information.

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D.C. Nurses Approve One-Day Work Stoppage

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2010

Washington Hospital Center nurses will call a one-day work stoppage at a future date to protest the firing of 18 registered nurses and the disciplining of several others who stayed home during Washington, D.C. area February snow storms.

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Surgeons Replace Heart Valves Less Invasively

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 3, 2010

A technique in which cardiac surgeons replace diseased heart valves through catheters rather than by opening the chest may have enormous promise for thousands of U.S. patients denied the procedure because they are too fragile.

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GE, Intel Partner on Telehealth Services

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

The joint venture between GE and Intel will develop and sell products, services, and technologies that promote independent living at home and in assisted living communities for seniors and others with chronic conditions, and at the same time lower healthcare costs, says Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.

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Bay State Addresses Nurse Safety, But Is It Enough?

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

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick this summer signed into law a bill that stiffens criminal penalties for those who assault on-duty nurses and other healthcare providers.

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The Beginning of Bundling

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, August 2, 2010

The roughly $9 billion that CMS spends on dialysis treatments each year is relatively insignificant when compared to the trillions the U.S. spends on healthcare. But dialysis reimbursements may soon become the key to healthcare’s future when CMS begins a bundled payment system and quality incentive program for dialysis services.

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