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Tuesday, May 4, 2010


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Not-For-Profit Health System Purchases May Signal New Changes in Market

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2010

Two recent purchases of sizable, not-for-profit health systems by for-profit entities may be signaling a shift toward increased consolidation within the healthcare industry, according to a new analysis by Moody's Investors Service. If this becomes a trend it could place additional pressure on the remaining not-for-profit healthcare organizations in the same markets to not only operate more efficiently, but also offer a potential new source of capital for not-for-profits considering a merger or sale, Moody's said.

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Vermont Considers Its Own Single-Payer System

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

Supporters of single-payer healthcare rallied in Vermont over the weekend, hoping to maintain momentum after lawmakers passed legislation that could allow the state to experiment with its own universal healthcare system. Both the state's House and Senate passed similar bills late last month that call for the creation of a commission to look at options for reducing healthcare costs and covering all Vermonters, one of which must be a government-administered and publicly-financed single-payer system.

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Office for Civil Rights Wants Guidance On HITECH EHR Disclosure Rule

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, May 3, 2010

Covered entities and patients will have a say in the Office for Civil Rights' proposed rulemaking on the HITECH provision some healthcare providers deemed a logistical nightmare.

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CMS Needs to Monitor Access, Quality of New ESRD Bundled Payment Program

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

The use of bundled payments for treatment of Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease will officially begin Jan. 1, 2011, by CMS. However, moving into this new payment territory will create questions of quality and access that CMS should answer, suggests the Government Accountability Office.

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Quality May Get Attention of Medicare Advantage Plans with Rebate Promise

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

Medicare Advantage plans—faced with funding cuts starting in 2011 under the new healthcare reform law—may be taking a greater interest in providing greater quality care.

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The Medical Center at Bowling Green Warns 5,418 Patients of Stolen Health Information

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2010

The Medical Center at Bowling Green (KY) is notifying 5,418 patients of a breach of personal health information after the theft of a computer hard drive from the hospital's mammography unit. The hard drive contained data on patients who underwent bone density testing at The Medical Center between 1997 and 2009.

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Healthcare Reform: Moody's Report Indicates Hospitals May Take It on the Chin

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, May 3, 2010

This recession has been a fight for most people and businesses. However, it seems the healthcare system in particular is taking a one-two punch.

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What Can Your Hospital Learn from a Hole in the Ground?

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

What can your hospital learn about safety from a coal mine? Quite a bit, actually.

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HealthLeaders Magazine Named Publication of the Year—ASHPE's Most Prestigious Award

By: HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2010

HealthLeaders Media, the premier producer of information resources for senior healthcare executives, today announced that HealthLeaders Magazine has been named "Magazine of the Year" by ASHPE, the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors.

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