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CT, MRI Use in Emergency Department Soaring

By: Roxanna Guilford-Blake for HealthLeaders Media, October 8, 2010

The increased use of imaging tools is associated with higher healthcare costs and more time spent in the emergency department but no commensurate increase in the prevalence of the diagnosis of certain life-threatening, trauma-related conditions, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says.

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Christus Settles Medicare Fraud Charges for Nearly $1M

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 8, 2010

Houston-based Christus Health Systems will pay the federal government nearly $971,000 to settle whistleblower allegations that several of its hospitals in Texas and Louisiana fraudulently billed Medicare for ineligible costs and expenses and failed to disclose overpayments.

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DOD's EHR Failure Due to Poor Planning Says GAO

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 8, 2010

Shortcomings in the Department of Defense's failed 13-year, $2 billion transition to electronic health records were largely due to poor planning and execution, and a failure to appreciate the "significant complexity" of the program, the Government Accountability Office says.

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Texas Pharmacies File Suit Against CVS Caremark

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 8, 2010

A federal suit brought by six independent Texas pharmacies alleges that CVS Caremark is in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and that the drug retailer captures in-depth patient data for marketing and other purposes in violation of HIPAA patient privacy laws.

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Hospital Credentialing to Include Data Screening of Terminated Providers

By: Emily Berry, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2010

How will healthcare reform affect your hospital’s credentialing process? Part of the answer may lie in new CMS regulations about terminated providers and these requirements from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

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Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies

By: October 7, 2010

The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned.

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Lead Transformation: Accelerate Value, Quality, and Coordination

By: October 7, 2010

Join us October 21, live or virtually, for this complimentary, exclusive half-day leadership event that will bring leaders from top healthcare organizations to explore real paths to take today toward accountable care structures and define what medical home and patient-centered care mean for your healthcare organization. Recognized leaders and peer experts will be featured from: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Columbus Regional Hospital, Baptist Health System, Chenango Memorial Hospital, Network Health, Crystal Run Healthcare, Moffitt Cancer Center, Novant Health, and GE Healthcare, Americas. This event takes place October 21, 8:30 am—12:30 pm (CST) at The Fairmont in Dallas, Texas. To register call 800/753-0131 or click here.

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A Modest Proposal: Pay More for Care Only if It's Better

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

By applying comparative effectiveness research results to federal reimbursements, only medical services with higher relative value would justify higher payment, says the author of a study published this week in Health Affairs.

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Baptist Health in an Arkansas State of Denial

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2010

An economic conflict of interest policy is put to the legal test at Baptist Health in Arkansas. The state's highest court rules in favor of physicians, but the policy came at a high cost to them, and ultimately, to the hospital itself.

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