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HHS: Pre-existing Conditions Threaten Healthcare Coverage of Millions

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

Half of "non-elderly" Americans under the age of 65 — 129 million people—might have a pre-existing medical condition such as high blood pressure or arthritis that could deny them healthcare coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, according to a Department of Health and Human Services report issued Tuesday.

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How Hospitals Can Recoup Revenue on Resident-rendered Services

By: HealthLeaders Media Staff, January 18, 2011

Private insurance companies benefit financially from Medicare billing regulations without contributing to the expense of graduate medical education, but billing private insurers might be the answer, researchers suggest.

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Precision Medicine Pinpoints Diagnosis, Care Options

By: Matthew Zubiller, for HealthLeaders Media, January 19, 2011

Pharmacogenomic tests have enormous potential for eliminating the costly trial-and-error that can accompany making a medical diagnosis. Health plans must be prepared to offer the right tests, at the right time within coverage policies and based on data and evidence.

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Health System Ethics Made Simple

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 13, 2011

The sense of community that exists within a small hospital may be tested when it mergers with a larger health system. To ensure a continuation of strong ethics and compliance, accountability must start at the top, and the focus must be the patient.

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MSBCBS Changes Names

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

Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield announced Tuesday that it has changed its name to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia to reflect its 12-year affiliation with Pennsylvania-based Highmark Inc.

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Nursing Employment Market Looking Up

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, January 18, 2011

 The stagnant nursing job market is starting to move again. Look for a return to plentiful job openings, high demand for new graduate nurses -- and renewed concerns about the nursing shortage in 2011.

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E-Health Systems: For Love or Money?

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, January 18, 2011

Healthcare providers are marching toward certification and meaningful use of their electronic health systems and thinking about how they'll spend the financial rewards for doing so. But are they doing it for the love of e-health technology? Or are they doing it because the government is all but forcing them to?

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Webcast: Proven Strategies to Market Women's Services

By: December 16, 2010

Women are a vital audience to reach—is your marketing cutting it? As the primary healthcare decision-makers and the key to unlocking additional service audiences, you need up-to-date, effective marketing strategies to win women’s loyalty—thus, business—and expand your market share. Join HealthLeaders Media on January 31, at 1 p.m. (EST) for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, and learn from women’s health marketing experts. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9339&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Audio conference: Under IRS Scrutiny: Ensuring Compliant Hospital-Physician Compensation Plans

By: January 10, 2011

As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 16, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements. http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod.cfm?id=9412&s=EZINEADH&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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