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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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Public Hospital Association Names Siegel CEO

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2010

The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems has appointed Bruce Siegel, MD, to the newly created position of CEO. He succeeds Christine Capito Burch, who is retiring after serving 20 years as executive director, NAPH announced Monday.

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Medicare RAC Focuses on Medicare Advantage, Prescriptions

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2010

Medicare Recovery Audit Contracting has made great strides in recovering millions of dollars lost to waste and fraud in the past few years. However, it will face challenges as it expands to include new areas of Medicare Advantage (Part C), Medicaid, and prescription drug coverage (Part D)—as spelled out earlier this year under the new healthcare reform law—according to those testifying last week before a Senate panel.

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Health Plan Doctor Profiles Inaccurate, Physician Groups Say

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2010

Health plan systems that score physicians on how carefully they control costs misclassify or are "woefully inaccurate" up to 66% of the time. The systems don't provide the doctor or the patient with meaningful information, the American Medical Association and 46 state medical societies told 47 health plans.

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Medicare Policies Result in Longer Nursing Home Hospice Stays

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2010

The length of the average Medicare certified hospice stay in a nursing home has doubled—from 46 days to 93 days—during the last 10 years, according to researchers at Brown University in Providence, RI.

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Senators Ask CMS to Review Proposed Hospital Payment Decrease

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2010

In a letter sent to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Don Berwick late last week, 52 senators asked the agency to review its current proposal to decrease Medicare payments to hospitals—due to coding changes—by 2.9% in fiscal 2011.

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Personalize Your Recruitment Strategy

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2010

There will always be an uneven distribution of physicians, says Lori Shutte, president of St. Louis-based Cejka Search, a physician and healthcare executive search organization. "Everyone wants San Diego and Miami. No one wants to be in Decatur, IL, or Sullivan, MO. Locale is the No. 1 issue: Physicians want to be where they want."

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What’s Next for the ’Un-Payment’ System?

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2010

The nation's healthcare system has four overarching goals: wellness, high-quality care, access to care, and a stable health system. Most healthcare providers wouldn't argue, however, that there's a fifth goal— getting paid fairly for the care that's given.

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Balancing Compensation Amid Economic Woes

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 19, 2010

From all indications, the nation is emerging—however slowly—from the worst recession since the Great Depression. Although the brightening economic outlook will be welcomed, it also creates a new set of challenges as nonprofit hospitals and health system struggle to retain top-level executives.

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