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New Report Criticizes State Medical Boards for Not Disciplining More Docs

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2010

Minnesota is the worst state in the nation for disciplining doctors, according to Public Citizen’s seventh annual ranking of state medical boards. The report, released this week, also found that serious disciplinary actions against doctors across the nation rose slightly in 2009, but are still about 18% lower than they were at their peak five years ago.

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MGMA: Physician Compensation in Academic Practice Trails Private Practices

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 5, 2010

Annual compensation for primary care and specialty care groups in academic practice grew by only 2.9% for primary care physicians and 2.4% for specialists between 2008 and 2009, a survey released by the Medical Group Management Association Monday shows.

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CA Hospital Near Earthquake Epicenter Suffers Minimal Damage

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 5, 2010

El Centro Regional Medical Center, a two-story, 165-bed hospital situated right along the fault line path that registered a 7.2 earthquake Sunday, did not sustain serious damage. Following the earthquake, the facility received about 25 patients in its emergency room.

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AHA Ad Campaign Thanks 16 House Democrats for Health Reform Votes

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2010

Sixteen Democratic congressmen, holding what could be considered highly competitive seats come the mid-term November congressional elections, are getting a big thank you from the American Hospital Association this week for voting for healthcare reform last month. In a million-dollar-plus campaign, AHA started airing 30-second local televisions ads on Monday for one week—while the congressmen are in their home districts during a House recess.

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California Docs Must Now Tell Patients Where to Complain About Their Care

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2010

Practicing California doctors now have until June 27 to post signs in their offices or—if they don’t have an office—to otherwise notify their patients in writing the name of the licensing agency to call with quality of care complaints. The new regulation is designed to "inform consumers where to go for information or with a complaint about California medical doctors," according to a statement from the Medical Board of California, the disciplinary and licensing agency for the state’s 125,000 doctors.

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O'Connor Hospital's RAC Decision Provides Optimism for Providers

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, April 5, 2010

The Medicare Appeals Council issued a decision on one of the many outstanding appeals from the RAC demonstration project, which ultimately resulted in a win for providers. O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, CA, originally appealed four claims, three of which were found to be "fully favorable" to the provider.

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Guidant Pleads Guilty to Hiding Defibrillator Problems

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2010

Boston Scientific Corp. subsidiary Guidant LLC pleaded guilty on Monday to criminal misdemeanor charges for its failure to notify the government about short-circuiting problems in three of its implantable cardioverter defibrillators. The medical device maker will pay nearly $300 million in penalties, the Department of Justice announced. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Guidant pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, MN, to withholding information from the Food and Drug Administration regarding catastrophic failures in some of its devices.

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Amedisys Acquires Alabama Hospice Agency

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 6, 2010

Amedisys, Inc., the Baton Rouge, LA-based home health and hospice company, announced Monday that it has acquired Bluewater Healthcare Inc., a private hospice agency in Killen, AL. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Bluewater, which generated $900,000 in revenues in 2009, covers seven counties in northwest Alabama, six which are new to Amedisys.

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With Help, Patient Assistance Programs Can Save You Millions on Outpatient Drugs

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, April 5, 2010

Your pharmacy and patient advocates can work with your patients to potentially save you millions through bulk purchasing and better patient assistance.

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Is Now the Time for a Breakout Quarter in Healthcare Hiring?

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 5, 2010

There’s a new tool out there that I think might help us read what is going on in the healthcare labor market.

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Why Patient Experience Should Drive CEO Decision-Making

By: April 2, 2010

To become patient-centric, the patient experience must be the CEO's top priority, says Gary Adamson of Starizon Studio. [Sponsored by Toshiba]

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