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Federal Judge Strikes Down Key Healthcare Law Provision

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 13, 2010

A Virginia federal judge ruled Monday that the individual mandate— a major precept of the Obama administration's healthcare legislation —exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power.

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10 Strategies for Healthcare M&A Success

By: Tami Hernandez, for HealthLeaders Media, December 13, 2010

The majority of healthcare merger and acquisition transactions fail to produce the desired financial and strategic results. The often-overlooked key to success is strategic communications planning, says one expert.

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Can Hospitals Break Even with Medicare?

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, December 13, 2010

A financial analysis shows that to reduce the drain of the federal program, hospitals need to do more than simply control costs. There's room for improvement on the revenue side, too.

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Physician RAC Vulnerabilities Detailed in CMS Release

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, December 14, 2010

Continuing its efforts to publicize valuable information derived from the Recovery Audit Contractor demonstration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the fourth in a series of Medicare Learning Network Matters articles.

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Safety Program Codifies Risk of Hospital Violence

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 13, 2010

An emergency department staff-driven program at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics uses a green-yellow-red color-coded alert system that identifies the security status of patients and events that pose a risk for violence.

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Will HL7 Create Payer/Provider Symbiosis?

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, December 13, 2010

Medical claims processing errors cost the healthcare industry an estimated $15.5 billion in 2010, according to the American Medical Association National Health Insurer Report Card. To lessen the financial load, some providers are using initiatives of Six and Sigma and HL7 to address operational, training, policy, and technical issues between payers and providers.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Key Healthcare Law Provision

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 13, 2010

A Virginia federal judge ruled Monday that the individual mandate— a major precept of the Obama administration's healthcare legislation —exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power.

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