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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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Federal Proposals Would Limit Aggressive Hospital Collections Practices

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, July 3, 2012

New proposed federal legislation and regulations would limit aggressive hospital debt collection. One proposal would amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to include medical debt. Treasury regulations would set policies for patient financial assistance and emergency medical care for hospitals with tax-exempt status.

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Q&A: A Payer CEO on the New Healthcare Market

By: Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, July 3, 2012

Brad Wilson, president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, spoke with HealthLeaders Media a few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act about the new healthcare insurance market, the stock market's response, and his company's plans.

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Building a Top Cath Lab in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps

By: Jim Molpus, for HealthLeaders Media, July 3, 2012

The interventional cardiology program at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York handles almost 20,000 cases per year with very low complication and mortality rates. Critical to the program's success is a set of 10 protocols captured in a 150-page book.

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Medicaid Ruling Creates Major Budgeting Problem

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, July 2, 2012

The Supreme Court's decision to strike down expanded Medicaid coverage puts healthcare CFOs in a budget planning pickle. Medicaid is now "a big question mark." Financial leaders don't know how many uninsured people will join plans or how charity care and bad debt will be influenced.

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The Gap Between Skilled Healthcare Workers and Support Jobs

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 2, 2012

The U.S. healthcare workforce has haves and have-nots. Skilled technicians and healthcare practitioners enjoy two job openings for every qualified candidate. The reverse is true for candidates for healthcare support jobs, who lack opportunities for career advancement. The solution? Build a bridge for your support staff to qualify for vacant skilled positions.

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Breakthroughs Report: The Promise of Healthcare Analytics

By: June 25, 2012

Healthcare is rich in data. The challenge for healthcare organizations is to make sense of the morass of clinical, financial, and operational information generated. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, four leading healthcare organizations—Brigham and Women's Hospital, St. Luke's University Health Network, Charleston Area Medical Center, and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina—share insights and lessons learned.

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Intelligence Report: Collaborating to Improve Care and Cut Costs

By: June 19, 2012

Initiating collaborative relationships is the key to improved quality, most healthcare leaders say in this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Many also agree that major increases in HIT spending are necessary, but others are more cautious about spending for technology improvements. Download the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

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