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AMA Launches Multi-Million Ad Campaign For Prompt Senate Vote to Reverse Pay Cut

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 4, 2010

The American Medical Association yesterday launched a multi-million dollar print and radio campaign to persuade the Senate to permanently reverse the 21% cut in physicians' Medicare pay before the healthcare system goes into "meltdown." "It is sad and ironic that the senators raced home to celebrate Memorial Day without first voting to preserve healthcare for active duty military members, retirees, and their families," AMA president J. James Rohack, MD, said at a news briefing.

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Physician-Owned Hospitals File Lawsuit to Overturn Restrictions

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, June 4, 2010

An association of physician-owned hospitals filed a lawsuit against the federal government yesterday in a long-shot attempt to overturn restrictions included in the recent healthcare reform bill that limit the growth and new construction of the controversial facilities. The suit was filed jointly by Physician Hospitals of America and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital, a 20-bed private hospital in Tyler, TX, and alleges that the new law violates due process and equal protection rights granted under the U.S. Constitution.

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Kyphoplasty False Claims Settlements Should Prompt Renewed Self-Audits

By: John Commins, June 3, 2010

The Justice Department's recent $9.4 million whistleblower settlement with nine hospitals that overcharged Medicare for minimally invasive kyphoplasties should prompt other hospitals that provided the inpatient spinal procedure to review their books for possible overcharges.

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Cleveland Clinic's New Health Center Will Feature 'Patient Navigators' to Coordinate Care

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

Cleveland Clinic today broke ground on a $25 million community health center in East Cleveland that the health system says will link healthcare with social and financial services.

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Healthcare Violence Is Increasing; Is Your Hospital Is Prepared?

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 4, 2010

The Joint Commission has issued a Sentinel Event Alert on violence in the healthcare setting, saying that there have been "significant increases in reports of assault, rape, and homicide, with the greatest number of reports in the last three years." A Joint Commission spokeswoman said yesterday that the reason for the alert was the number of violent events that are occurring. Specifically, "36 incidents in 2007, 41 in 2008, and 33 in 2009," according to the Commission's Sentinel Alert statement. According to the commission's Web site, there were 20, 25, 24, 4, and 6 incidents each year in 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 and 2002.

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The ROI of Retention: Health Systems Create Customized Work Plans

By: Karen M. Cheung, June 4, 2010

The down economy has forced more healthcare organizations to create customized work plans to hold on to their existing physicians. With reduced operating revenues amid a national physician shortage, more healthcare organizations are thinking creatively about recruitment and retention strategies.

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Using HHS Health Data: Got an App for Quality Care?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 3, 2010

The challenge was issued just a mere three months ago by HHS and the IOM: Find innovative ways to distribute public health data that is local, regional, and national to help improve healthcare across the country.

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