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Thursday, May 5, 2011

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ACO Options to be Explored by Two Texas Health Systems

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 5, 2011

Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System have signed an agreement to study the possible formation of a multi-provider accountable care organization, the nonprofit hospital systems have announced.

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How Managing Supplier Relationships Reduces Revenue Cycle Costs

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011

Advocates of supplier relationship management say that when both the hospital and the vendor increase the efficiency of acquiring goods and services, managing inventory, and processing materials, not only do costs drop, but quality improves.

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Bedside Devices a 'Death Trap,' Says Advocacy Group

By: Cheryl Clark for HealthLeaders Media, May 5, 2011

A type of bedside handle, intended to help impaired patients get in and out of bed, and classified as a medical device requiring FDA approval, is blamed for the deaths of four people and should be banned, says Public Citizen.

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Guilty Pleas Entered in $200M Medicare Fraud Case

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 5, 2011

Two South Florida healthcare companies have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to a Medicare fraud scheme called "staggering in scope" by prosecutors.

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DOL Report Flunks a Major Test

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2011

Last month the Department of Labor released a report in that under-the-radar way that makes you immediately wonder what's up. For a report that's supposed to help guide decisions about what constitutes essential healthcare benefits, it's very light on what is actually covered.

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H-1B Visa Recruiting Season Under Way

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, May 4, 2011

In rural areas, international medical graduates help fill the physician shortage. The application period for visas began April 1 and this year it appears there will be enough to meet demand.

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Inside Tips on Marketing Hospital Services to Boomers

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

There is a booming opportunity for marketers to target the aging patient population. An expert from Banner Health offers inside advice for niche marketing to this critical group.

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