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Federal Judge in FL Declares 'Void' Healthcare Law

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 31, 2011

A federal judge in Pensacola, FL on Monday threw out as unconstitutional the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because of the inseverable individual mandate provision that requires people to carry health insurance or else pay a penalty.

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Healthcare Job Postings Surge in January

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 31, 2011

Online job postings for healthcare practitioners, technical workers, and healthcare support personnel led a strong month with three job listings for every job seeker in the healthcare sector, The Conference Board reports.

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Higher Spending CA Hospitals Demonstrate Lower Mortality Rates

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, February 1, 2011

An analysis of more than 2.5 million Medicare California hospital admissions has found that greater spending results in lower inpatient mortality, at least for six common medical conditions.

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Heart Disease Costs to Triple by 2030, Says AHA

By: Christine Leccese, for Health Leaders Media, February 1, 2011

Coronary disease treatment and prevention currently account for 17% of health care expenditures and about 37% of Americans have some form of heart disease such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart failure, or stroke, an American Heart Association report says.

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How Nonprofit Hospitals Must Prepare for IRS Changes

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, January 31, 2011

Provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandate requirements for nonprofit hospitals that wish to retain their tax-exempt status. Failure to comply can cost providers up to $50,000 in penalties. A tax expert explains how to prepare for the new rules.

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Employee Wellness Programs Should be Designed for All

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 31, 2011

The popular wellness movement in hospitals aims to improve employee health and reduce the growth of healthcare costs. But not everyone on staff will have the same ability to embrace wellness. Hospitals should design programs readily available to everyone on staff in a practical way.

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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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