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CVS to Pay $17.5M to Settle Medicaid Billing Case

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 19, 2011

CVS Pharmacy Inc. has agreed to pay the federal government and 10 states $17.5 million to settle False Claims Act claims that it overbilled Medicaid for prescription drugs, the Department of Justice says.  

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CHIME Weighs In on ONC Federal HIT Strategic Plan

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 19, 2011

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has asked the Office of the National Coordinator to allow sufficient time to encourage the adoption of electronic health records systems and supporting technologies by providers.

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HDHPs Pose No Additional Risk to Medically Vulnerable

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, April 19, 2011

The medically vulnerable who enroll in high-deductible health plans are at no more risk for cutting back on needed healthcare than other people who enroll in HDHPs, a RAND study suggests.

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Hospitals That Take Plastic Must Comply with PCI

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, April 19, 2011

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard applies to any entity that handles credit cards - - including hospitals, but many are not fully aware of the security requirements.

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Process Improvements Cut Fat, Beef Up Quality

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, April 18, 2011

In this continuation of our look at healthcare process improvement, we see how baby steps taken with small initiatives can lead to giant strides when Six Sigma or Toyota Lean Process Improvement principles are implemented.

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Wellness Study Puts Price Tag on Unhealthy Behavior

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 18, 2011

Employers can slow healthcare cost increases by incentivizing employees with richer healthcare benefits if they improve their health metrics, Thomson Reuters data shows.

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Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care

By: April 4, 2011

Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care— accountable for quality, for value, and for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot.http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/rounds/

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Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures

By: April 14, 2011

At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9509&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era

By: April 14, 2011

Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9585&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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