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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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Medicare Distributes $12 Million in Bonuses for Hospital Quality Initiative

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2009

The 230 hospitals participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Premier healthcare alliance Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration value-based purchasing project raised their overall quality by an average of 17.2% during the fourth year of the project on delivery of 30 selected quality measures—and will share $12 million in bonuses, according to data released by CMS on Monday.

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Inspector General Fines Three Hospitals, One Doctor, and a DME Firm

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2009

Health providers have been assessed fines totaling $1.43 million for allegedly conducting improper kickback and physician self-referral practices and for filing false and fraudulent claims with the federal government, the Office of Inspector General announced. In each case involving a civil monetary penalty that is resolved through a settlement agreement, the settling party "has contested the OIG's allegations and denied any liability. No CMP judgment or finding of liability has been made against the settling party," the OIG said in a statement.

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Obama's OSHA Nominee Has His To-Do List Ready

By: David LaHoda, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2009

Maybe not to the extent of the recent Supreme Court nominee, but President Obama's selection of David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, to lead OSHA is a departure from previous administrations. Michaels is a scientist, an epidemiologist in fact, and author of the recently published book, Doubt is Their Product, that criticizes the business strategy of "manufacturing uncertainty," where polluters and the manufacturers of dangerous products successfully oppose public health and environmental regulations.

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Focusing on Wellness During Residency Can Ward Off Burnout Later

By: Julie McCoy, August 17, 2009

Rates of physician burnout are higher than that of the general population, and the onset of that mental wear and tear typically occurs during residency, according to Jodie Eckleberry-Hunt, PhD, associate director of behavioral medicine in the family medicine residency program at Beaumont Hospital in Sterling Heights, MI.

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Spotting the Next Crop of Leaders

By: Michelle Ponte, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2009

What's the best way to find fresh, new leaders? Should you grow them at home or recruit from outside of your organization? Finding those midlevel managers, clinical leaders, and future system leaders must be part of any viable and sustainable talent program. For two high performing health systems at opposite ends of the country, growing talent from within has kept the pipeline full with the next generation of leaders.

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In Times Like These, Take One Dose of Laughter

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 18, 2009

Doug Farrago MD doesn't just rail against insurance plan denials, Joint Commission rules, hospital, doctor and patient stupidity, health reform arguments, or drug marketing ridiculousness. He ridicules and satirizes it. All of it.

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Following the Right Turnaround Indicators

By: Michelle Ponte, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2009

Experts say there are key internal indicators that hospitals should be watching right now that will tell them when it's time to move forward on that big project.

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The Lag at the End of the Tunnel

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2009

While the healthcare sector was one of the last areas of the economy to be adversely affected by the recession, some analysts warn it may also be one of the last sectors to enjoy the recovery.

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