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Thursday, May 6, 2010

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Few Tax-exempt Hospitals Offer Details on Charity Care for Needy Patients

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

Many non-profit hospitals don't do enough to tell needy patients they may qualify for charity care programs, or how to apply for help, according to a report released today by The Access Project and Community Catalyst.

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Nursing Excellence Program Provides Framework for Patient Safety Initiatives

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, May 5, 2010

Those facilities that have been designated as American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program® organizations say that their hospitals have been able to take improvement in quality and patient safety to new levels.

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Healthcare Online Job Ads Rise in April

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

Online job ads for healthcare practitioners and technicians grew by 3,300 listing in April for a total of 630,000 listings, a level of demand not seen since the recession began two years ago, the Conference Board reports.

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Duke-Durham Partnership Uses Informatics to Redesign Health System

By: Cynthia Johnson, May 5, 2010

When Durham-based Duke University and the Durham, NC, community launched Durham Health Innovations, they knew they were embarking on a groundbreaking project that would improve the health of patients. But at some point during the recently completed planning stages, team members realized that they had stopped talking about patients—and started talking about communities.

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HealthCare Partners Affiliates Medical Group acquires Talbert Medical Group

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

Torrance, CA-based HealthCare Partners Affiliates Medical Group has acquired Talbert Medical Group, Inc., a physician-owned practice with more than 67,000 managed care patients in Los Angeles County and Orange County. The acquisition increases patient base for by HealthCare Partners in California to 750,000 and expands patient access to more than 1,200 primary care physicians throughout the Los Angeles Metro area, HealthCare Partners said.

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CMS Holds First Nationwide RAC Call

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, May 6, 2010

In the first of four scheduled nationwide RAC calls, CMS began the first portion with a basic summary of the RAC operational process. CMS representatives began this portion describing how the success of the demonstration led to the implementation of the permanent program, and eventually led into up-to-date concerns such as additional documentation limits, the N432 code, and RAC impacts on critical access hospitals.

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E-Pharmacy Catches Drug Mistakes for Rural Hospitals in Five States

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

It's always refreshing to hear about a big, geographically diverse hospital system that tries to find solutions for its smallest facilities, and succeeds.

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Health Insurers Banking on Baseball

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, May 5, 2010

No matter which sports team you follow, you have most likely seen health insurance advertisement in your favorite stadium, ballpark, or arena.

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Campaign Microsites No Longer Optional

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, May 5, 2010

It's next to impossible to prove that the billboard on the highway convinced X-amount of patients to schedule procedures at your hospital. To find real, true ROI, marketers must turn to the Internet.

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