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California Hospitals Fight for Right to Hire Doctors

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 13, 2009

In one corner stands the powerful California Hospital Association, poised for a knockdown fight to pass a law allowing medical centers to employ physicians, specifically in rural areas where doctors are in short supply. Three recently introduced state bills would permit this practice to varying extents.

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Could ACOs Appear on the Medicare Payment Horizon?

By: Janice Simmons, April 13, 2009

While most physicians and hospitals are familiar with acronyms such as HMO or PHO, many might be stymied by one of the newer ones under discussion in Washington: ACO—or accountable care organization.

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Joint Commission Releases New Scoring Information

By: Matt Phillion, April 13, 2009

Accreditation professionals across the country have known for months that revisions to Joint Commission standards will go into effect on July 1. One unanswered question has stood out among others, however: how will hospitals be scored on the various changes The Joint Commission has announced?

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HITECH Panic? Not Now, At Least

By: Dom Nicastro, April 13, 2009

Now that Congress (finally) strengthened HIPAA enforcement and toughened compliance requirements through breach notification processes and accounting of disclosures on EHRs, what's the reaction in the industry?

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Member Knowledge Has Monetary Value for Health Plans

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, April 13, 2009

The annual J.D. Power and Associates' National Health Insurance Plan Study is a chance for highly-ranked health plans to puff out their chests, but this year's results highlight more than the fact that New Englanders are happier with their health insurance than other regions and Kaiser Permanente ranked number one in four geographic areas. For the health plan executive, there is also this nugget: Health plan members care most about coverage, benefits, and provider choice, but members' knowledge about their plans underlies all of those issues.

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EHR Incentives Available. Will Hospitals Take the Bait?

By: Lisa Eramo, April 13, 2009

If you've read the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, you know that the money is in EHRs. But are hospitals really focused on implementation these days, and what are some of the major barriers?

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