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Friday, July 8, 2011


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Federal Appeals Court to Review Phoebe / Palmyra Merger

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 8, 2011

A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked Phoebe Putney Health System Inc.'s proposed $195 million acquisition of rival HCA's Palmyra Park Hospital. The injunction was sought by the Federal Trade Commission in its antitrust complaint against the two Georgia hospital systems.

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OIG Slams Medicare for Wheelchair Reimbursements, Again

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 8, 2011

Medicare paid $95 million during the first half of 2007 for beneficiaries' power wheelchairs that were not medically necessary or for which claims lacked sufficient documentation, according to an audit released by the Office of Inspector General.

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UCLAHS Settles Potential HIPAA Violations for $865,500

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, July 7, 2011

The University of California at Los Angeles Health System has settled a potential violation of privacy and security rule with the Office for Civil Rights and committed to a corrective action plan in order to fix "gaps in its compliance."

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Plugging Payroll Leaks

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, June 13, 2011

Trimming labor costs by even 1% is a challenging task, but some hospitals and health systems have begun the time-consuming process of analyzing time and attendance data by department to uncover patterns of payroll leaks.


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Mental Health System 'Close to Fracture'

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, July 7, 2011

Community-based mental health providers are reducing services, and relying more on hospitals to provide psychiatric care. But the nation's healthcare system does not easily accommodate the treatment of mental illness, and leaders are overlooking the impact, says a hospital CEO.

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Intelligence Report: Better Care and the Bottom Line

By: June 21, 2011

54% of leaders say that ACOs will be successful in coordinating care and driving down overall costs, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/intelligence/061/industry-insight-report.html

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Webcast: Creating an ACO Marketing Language

By: June 21, 2011

Date: July 27, 2011
About: As a marketer, you need to learn the new paradigm of managing population health vs. growing patient volume in a traditional environment. Advance your understanding of how to align ACO marketing with business needs, as well as market accountability to providers, and ultimately your community. LINK: http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9597&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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