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Thursday, February 3, 2011

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Nurse Anesthetists' Scope of Practice Challenged Again in CA

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 3, 2011

Physicians in California are appealing the latest court decision that upheld the right for nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia without physician supervision, an issue that has pitted nurses and doctors against each other in a nationwide turf battle.

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Pay for Performance Doesn't Deliver, Study Concludes

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, February 3, 2011

Data shows that P4P does not offer any benefit to patients with hypertension, despite the enormous administrative costs required to maintain such a system, British researchers say.

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Health Insurer Competition Absent, AMA Says

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 3, 2011

Ninety-nine percent of the U.S. health insurance market is highly concentrated with one or two dominating health insurers, an American Medical Association claims. The lack of competition, it says, puts physicians and patients at a disadvantage.

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CareSource to Pay OH $26M in False Claims Settlement

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 2, 2011

The settlement will resolve whistleblower allegations that the not-for-profit Medicaid managed care plan in Ohio falsely billed for services that were not provided, the Department of Justice says.

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Healthcare Reform as Spectator Sport

By: Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media, February 2, 2011

The war of words being waged by the public relations' machines of supporters and detractors of the Affordable Care Act is generating a lot of chest thumping on both sides. The drama is high, even if the outcome is predictable.

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Fast-Service Guarantee Works for Texas Hospitals

By: Doug Desjardins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 2, 2011

A hospital network in Texas has expanded a pilot program that guarantees patients will see an emergency room physician within 15 minutes or their care will be provided for free. And, so far, it's produced impressive results.

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Cath Lab Expansions Reconsidered

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, February 2, 2011

 Hospitals seeking to profit from rising rates of heart disease often contemplate building cardiac catheterization labs. Researchers, however, say more effective regional strategies for treating patients with ST-segment myocardial infarction put into question the wisdom of moving ahead with the capital expenditure of adding cath labs.

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Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes

By: February 15, 2011

February 15, 2011
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Join us live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and share lessons learned from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment.

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Audio conference: Under IRS Scrutiny: Ensuring Compliant Hospital-Physician Compensation Plans

By: January 10, 2011

As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements.

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