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4 States Await Word on MLR Waiver Requests

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2011

Federal officials are in the final stages of reviewing applications from Indiana, Florida, Louisiana and Michigan to determine if their medical loss ratio waiver requests will be approved.

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Hospital Margins in Jeopardy as 5010, ICD-10 Deadlines Loom

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2011

Providers who don't meet HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 deadlines could blow their margins to smithereens. That should set healthcare leaders on contingency planning alert.

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Rise in MRI Calamities Highlighted at FDA Safety Session

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2011

Compared with radiation risks from a computed tomography scan, a trip through the donut hole of a magnetic resonance imaging scanner might seem benign. But in response to an alarming rise in patient injuries, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration calls a two-day session on MRI safety and reporting.

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Spine Surgeons Waste Millions On Opened, Unused Implant Devices

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, November 10, 2011

Surgeons at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center estimate that more than $126 million a year is spent nationwide by spine surgeons improperly using or disposing of medical implant devices, but say that waste easily can be avoided.

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