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Friday, August 6, 2010

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Health Law Extends Medicare Solvency to 2029, Trustees Say

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

Medicare's financial stability was "substantially improved" by the passage this spring of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which will extend the solvency of the program for another 12 years to 2029, according to the 2010 Medicare Trustees Report released Thursday.

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Physician Citizenship Tied to Mortality Rates

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

It's a common perception that physicians trained by foreign medical schools aren't as skilled as doctors trained by U.S. medical schools. But that's a false assumption, according to a report published in Tuesday's edition of the journal Health Affairs. The real differentiator appears to be citizenship at the time of training.

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Ingenix to Acquire Executive Health Resources

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

UnitedHealth Group's IT subsidiary Ingenix says it is acquiring compliance and medical management consultants Executive Health Resources, with undisclosed financial terms to be finalized by the year's end.

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Press Ganey Acquires Quality Indicator Project

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

Press Ganey Associates, Inc. announced today that it has acquired the Quality Indicator Project division from the Maryland Hospital Association. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

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CMS EMR Incentive Funding Reaches $73 Million

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

With the latest round of funding announced Thursday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services raises the tally to 45 states and $73 million in federal matching funds for electronic medical record incentive programs.

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Physicians Ensnared in Data Breaches

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2010

Last month, the names of "private practices" reporting breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting more than 500 people were revealed when the Office for Civil Rights, the enforcer of the HIPAA privacy and security rules, lifted the veil of anonymity on the entities.  

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Can We Reach Our Health Potential?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2010

During the past four months, healthcare reform legislation has been a shining light on the need to improve preventive care and primary care services for those in need. Who can really argue about this quest to provide quality care? But, a nagging feeling exists that many Americans need more to reach their "unrealized health potential."

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