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Tuesday, March 8, 2011


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Red Flag Appeals Court Ruling Victory for Physicians, AMA Says

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 7, 2011

The American Medical Association is applauding a federal appeals court's ruling that physicians who bill patients after providing services are not subject to Federal Trade Commission so-called red flag rules that apply to creditors.

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Hospital Job Growth Up Slightly in February

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 7, 2011

The healthcare sector created 34,300 payroll additions in February 2011, more than double the number of payroll additions reported last month, Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows.

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OIG Audit Raises Concerns About Medicare Part D Plans

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

House Democrats want a formal review of Medicare Part D saying a report by the Office of Inspector General reveals "severe problems" with underreporting of drug manufacturer rebates.

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HIPAA Security Officer Aces OCR Investigations

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, March 8, 2011

A hospital data security manager explains how proper communications and training maintains the privacy of personal health information and keeps The Office for Civil Rights satisfied.

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What Lies Ahead for Capital Expenses Budgets?

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, March 7, 2011

Sometimes when you take a look back, you can see just how far you’ve come. Other times, you can see just how little progress you’ve made. Unfortunately, the latter may be more true in the case of capital expense budgets, as healthcare leaders continue to hold fast to their dollars--putting their money into only the most necessary of initiatives.

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Ex-Blues CEO's $11M Severance Package Slaps Policyholders

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 7, 2011

Public furor over a multi-million dollar payout for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' former CEO is not a human resources debacle. It is however, part of a continuing and troubling trend in healthcare.

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Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform

By: February 14, 2011

Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services

By: February 14, 2011

Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9460&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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