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Monday, June 7, 2010


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Hospitals Shed 3,300 Jobs in May, Overall Healthcare Posts 8,000 Jobs

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

Hospitals shed 3,300 jobs in May, even as the larger healthcare sector created 8,000 jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data released this morning.

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RAC: The Problem with the Three-day Rule

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2010

The three-day rule is the subject of a provision in the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, a proposed amendment to the American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act, before the House of Representatives. This provision not only aims to stop RAC related re-openings and recoupments related to the three-day rule, but also would prevent hospitals from requesting payment for outpatient services they previously bundled in error and are not rebilled at the time of enactment of the provision.

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Heart Device Maker, Hospitals in Three States Will Pay $3.8M to Settle Whistleblower Kickback Allegations

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2010

Heart device maker St. Jude Medical Inc. and hospitals in Ohio, Minnesota, and Kentucky have paid the United States $3.8 million to settle whistleblower false claim allegations that St. Jude paid the hospitals kickbacks to secure heart-device business, the Justice Department announced. St. Jude Medical Inc., based in St. Paul, MN, will pay $3.7 million. Parma Community General Hospital, in Parma, OH, will pay $40,000; and Norton Healthcare in Louisville, KY, will pay $133,300.

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Florida Hospital/Adventist Health System To Lease Bert Fish MC

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

Florida Hospital and parent Adventist Health System have signed a letter of intent to lease and manage the 112-bed Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach on July 1, with an option to buy the facility in 2015.

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Failure to Extend COBRA Subsidies Could Hurt Many Families, Report Says

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2010

When Congress returns from its Memorial Day recess this week, it will be looking at a jobs bill (HR 4213)—passed by the House and still pending in the Senate—that no longer extends subsidies to assist unemployed workers in paying for their healthcare through COBRA. Initially, the jobs bill included an extension through November of this year in which unemployed workers (laid off between September 2008 and May 31 of this year) would be responsible for 35% of their COBRA payments, while the federal government would pick up the remaining 65% of the tab. As the House sought to keep costs down in the jobs bill, that provision was dropped.

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Twenty Percent of High School Youth Took Prescription Drugs without Doctor's Rx

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 7, 2010

One in five high-school students admits to have taken a prescription drug without a doctor's prescription, according to a new CDC survey that has implications for how physicians and hospitals assess teenage health. The finding comes from responses of more than 16,000 students in the annual survey report, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States for 2009. This is the first year that the question about illicit prescription drug use has been asked.

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Do You Have What It Takes to Fire Your Consultants?

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, June 4, 2010

Why don't you fire your consultants? It's a provocative question and its tough to answer, but CEOs, you're part of the problem.

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