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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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Hospitals to Pledge $155 Billion to Avoid Future Medicare Rate-Influenced Decisions

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 7, 2009

On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden, Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and hospital group members will meet at the White House to announce the agreement that hospitals will give up about $155 million in Medicare and Medicaid payments over the next decade.

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"Rip-off" Insurance Scam Shut Down

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 8, 2009

A nationally widespread insurance scam has been shut down in California after hundreds of victims were duped into paying premiums for a Kaiser Permanente health plan through a phony labor union, state officials said. Kaiser never received a large portion of the money the enrollees paid. The Ponzi-like scheme, operated by Raymond, Thomas and Jean Palombo of Riverside, CA under the name Contractors and Merchants Association or CMA, also has been shut down in at least six other states including Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Florida, and North Carolina in recent years.

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Will Providers Bite Off More Than They Can Chew When It Comes to CPOE?

By: Lisa Eramo, for HealthLeaders Media, July 7, 2009

If you had to begin implementing computerized physician order entry (CPOE) today, how many years do you think it would take for you to reach 100% adoption?

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Tennessee Medical Association Sues Recovery Contractor

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 7, 2009

The Tennessee Medical Association filed a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit against a fee audit recovery contractor saying the contractor made false assertions of overpayment on out-dated claims and subjected physicians and their staff to "strong-arm" tactics.

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Joint Commission Updates Position on Steam Sterilization

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, July 8, 2009

After working with multiple professional and trade organizations on the common and proper use of sterilization using steam, the Joint Commission has decided to refocus its survey efforts on all critical processes, including sterilization, according to a recent announcement by The Joint Commission. The accrediting body will consider an effective sterilization method if a complete and effective process of sterilization is used.

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The Emotional Cost of Nursing

By: Keri Mucci, for HealthLeaders Media, July 7, 2009

Nurses cure the sick, heal the wounded, and comfort the dying, but are they doing so at their own cost?

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Nashville: The New Hotbed for Health IT Innovation

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, July 7, 2009

There are only a handful of regions in the United States that have the knowledge base, capital access, local leadership, and infrastructure to be the innovative leader in health IT.

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Partnership Designed to Offer High Quality Surgery for Foreign and Domestic Patients

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, July 7, 2009

Wichita, KS-based Galichia Heart Hospital has reached an agreement with Mobile Surgery International for Galichia to host MSI-coordinated, urologic surgical teams at its facilities.

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