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Friday, February 4, 2011

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Blumenthal to Depart ONC

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

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal, MD, who helped craft regulations to speed healthcare providers' adoption of electronic record systems, has announced he will leave the position in the spring and return to Harvard Medical School.

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OIG Posts 'Most Wanted' List of Medicare Fraudsters

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 4, 2011

The Office of the Inspector General has for the first time issued a list of top 10 fugitives wanted for Medicare fraud. The suspects – representing the worst of the worst from a list of 170 fugitives -- are allegedly responsible for about $124 million in fraudulent claims.

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Gender Gap Widens in Physicians Starting Salaries

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

Starting salaries for male physicians were about 17% higher than their female counterparts in 2008 and the disparity has been growing annually, a multi-year study published in Health Affairs shows.

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How to Close the Physician Age Gap

By: Anna Webster, for HealthLeaders Media, February 4, 2011

Managing multiple generations of physicians at your practice is no easy task---baby boomers' background and methodology often differs from physicians new to practicing medicine. Here are strategies to manage the differing priorities of physicians, while fostering better collaboration.

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Gawande on Checklists: Why Don't Hospitals Use Them?

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

Surgeon and author Atul Gawande speaks to a hospital audience about how hard it is to get providers to adopt checklists, even with so much evidence that they improve care and reduce complications.

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Pay Gap Confirmed: Male Physicians Earn More

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, February 3, 2011

A study finds a "significant gender gap" in starting salaries, by gender, of physicians leaving residency programs in New York State between 1999-2008. Researchers writing in Health Affairs say this is an unexplained trend that seems to be growing over time, and needs to be further studied.

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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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