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Thursday, July 9, 2009

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Obama Healthcare Reform Called a 'Shell Game'

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2009

The high-profile announcement this week that the nation's hospitals will sacrifice about $155 billion in Medicare and Medicaid payments over the next decade to help pay for healthcare reform is just smoke to hide the true cost of healthcare reform from taxpayers, one critic says.

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Hospital Leaders Meet at White House; Pledge Future Medicare, Medicaid Savings

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

Vice President Joe Biden—standing in for President Obama, who is travelling overseas—met with hospital leaders on Wednesday at the White House to announce the agreement that hospitals will give up about $155 billion in Medicare and Medicaid spending over the next decade. That money could then be used to help for the nation's 47 million uninsured.

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About 45,000 Docs Qualify for Medicaid HIT Money

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 8, 2009

Approximately 45,000 physicians across the nation will qualify for as much as $63,750 in Medicaid stimulus money over the next six years to install health information technology, according to a new study released today.

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Let's Discuss the RAC Discussion Period

By: Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, July 8, 2009

It seems that many providers still struggle to understand the Recovery Audit Contractor discussion period that CMS has helpfully given them—much less take advantage of it when the permanent program rolls out in their area.

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LSU Healthcare Center Settles False Claims Charges

By: Ben Amirault, for HealthLeaders Media, July 8, 2009

The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport will pay $706,000 to settle allegations that the teaching hospital billed Medicare for services that were not provided.

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HVAC System Allegedly Compromised by Hacker—Who is Also a Security Officer

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2009

The FBI arrested a man whom authorities said hacked into a Dallas healthcare building's IT system and was prepared to take over the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system. The suspect, who worked as an overnight security officer for the site, allegedly had bigger plans of using the compromised computers to instigate a massive attack on other computers elsewhere.

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Process Maps Improves the Patient ID Processes

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2009

As part of an annual performance improvement review in 2007, Leisa Butler, RHIA, CPHQ, performance manager in the quality management services department at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, SC, began tracking safety events occurring within the facility with an identification events team, consisting of staff members from the operating room, emergency care center, laboratory, and risk management department.

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Fraud Prevention as a Way to Finance Healthcare

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, July 8, 2009

As health insurers, employers, and healthcare organizations struggle during a difficult economy, anti-fraud efforts have gained popularity as a way to cut costs without reducing health programs.

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ER Docs Will See H1N1 First—Don't Ignore Their Warnings

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

With novel H1N1 influenza threatening re-entry, emergency rooms better get serious about preparation.

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In Just One Year, New Media Marketing has Come a Long Way, Baby

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, July 8, 2009

This time last year, as we finalized the list of winners for the 2008 HealthLeaders Media Marketing Awards, the pickings were slim in the new media marketing category. What a difference a year makes.

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