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Monday, May 3, 2010


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Independence Blue Cross Adds $47M in New Physician Payment Model

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

Independence Blue Cross will offer $47 million in pay raises for primary care physicians in its southeastern Pennsylvania provider network, including $33 million to incentivize better patient outcomes, the Philadelphia-based health insurer announced.

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Insurance and Employment Don't Equal Healthy Behavior, Study Finds

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, April 30, 2010

Employed and insured Americans aren't meeting recommended health behavior guidelines, particularly when it comes to taking advantage of preventive services like immunizations and cancer screenings, according to a new study.

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Hospital Compensation Costs Continue to Slow

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

Total compensation costs for hospital employees grew 0.6% in the first quarter of 2010, and 2.1% in the last 12 months ending in March, slightly outpacing wage and benefits growth in the overall economy but significantly slower than historic trends.

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Jail Time For HIPAA Violator

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, April 30, 2010

United States Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Wistrich sentenced a former UCLA Healthcare System employee who admitted snooping at patients' records to four months in prison Tuesday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Central District of California.

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Natural Orifice Trials Begin, A Potential 'Game Changer' for Hospitals

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

Two weeks ago, surgeons in Massachusetts and California enrolled the first three of 140 patients in a clinical trial to see if diseased organs can be removed through two of the body's natural orifices as safely and effectively as standard laparoscopic methods. They want to see if using tinier cuts for cameras and tools can reduce infection rates, patient's pain, and length of hospital stay more than the traditional way of making an incision to remove the organ through the abdomen. They think it can, because they are avoiding larger incisions now made to extract tissue through the abdomen.

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NIH Panel Finds Evidence Lacking Regarding Alzheimer's Preventive Measures

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

An independent panel convened this week by the National Institutes of Health concluded that the value of preventive strategies for delaying the onset or reduction in the severity of decline of Alzheimer's disease has not been demonstrated in rigorous studies.

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The Impact of Personalized Medicine Today

By: HealthLeaders Media, April 30, 2010

Download the latest HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report "The Impact of Personalized Medicine Today," for a look at how progressive health systems, medical researchers, and physicians are working together to bring the practical benefits of personalized medicine to the frontlines of healthcare delivery. Personalized medicine is where genetic testing, health IT, and patient-centered care intersect—and where high-value healthcare will live in the foreseeable future. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Partners HealthCare, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center share insights and the lessons learned that will help you explore the current and near-term impact of personalized medicine, determine whether your healthcare information technology foundation is ready for the opportunity, and see where lab research and clinical practice are overlapping.

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Financial Penalties for BIDMC CEO Paul Levy Don't Undo Damage

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, April 30, 2010

Can any leader effectively govern an organization once an episode of poor judgment has been revealed?

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