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Health Savings Account Enrollment Hits 10 Million

By: Elyas Bakhtiari and John Commins, May 19, 2010

Ten million Americans have health savings account-eligible insurance plans, an increase of 25% since last year, a new census from America's Health Insurance Plans finds.

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North Shore-Long Island Jewish Teams Up With Lennox Hill

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

North-Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, the third-largest secular healthcare network in the country, yesterday announced its affiliation with Lennox Hill Hospital in New York, a 652-bed facility with 3,600 employees that is reportedly projecting a loss of between $10 million and $15 million this year. For North Shore LIJ, which already has 15 hospitals and 5,000 beds, affiliation with Lennox Hill represents an opportunity to expand beyond Queens, Long Island, and Staten Island across the bridge into Manhattan for the first time.

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MGMA Tells HHS New EMR Disclosure Requirements 'Onerous'

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 20, 2010

The Medical Group Management Association told HHS this week that new HIPAA disclosure requirements for electronic medical records are burdensome, unnecessary, costly, and may discourage physicians from adopting the new technology. The 2003 HIPAA Privacy Rule permits patients to request an accounting of disclosures of their protected health information. However, a new provision expands the type of information required in this accounting, and medical groups using EMR are now required to track all disclosures of patient information, including treatment, payment, and healthcare operation.

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ACEP Critical of CDC Report on ED Use

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

In its continuing disagreement with the Obama Administration, the American College of Emergency Physicians yesterday called on the CDC to release a comprehensive report on emergency room usage, as it usually does, saying that its latest document "is much less comprehensive than previous annual reports." ACEP has taken issue with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other Obama officials for their suggestions that emergency room use would fall off greatly if people just had health insurance.

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'Private Practices' Will Be Unmasked On Large Breaches Website

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, May 19, 2010

Names of healthcare entities masked as "private practice" on the government website that lists organizations reporting large breaches of unsecured protected health information will soon be revealed.

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In the City, Some Registered Nurses May Not Make the Cut

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, May 19, 2010

As many healthcare organizations battle the nursing shortage that is only expected to worsen as baby boomers retire and the need for healthcare grows, new nurses entering the field in cities may be surprised with how they are greeted: An associate's degree in nursing is not good enough.

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AARP Report Says Brand Name Drugs Spiked Up in Price

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 19, 2010

The average manufacturer price increases for popular name brand and specialty prescription drugs used by Medicare beneficiaries rose faster than other consumer goods and services in the 12 months ending March 2010, according to a report from AARP's Public Policy Institute.

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In Defense of Grady: Why Marketing May Revive the Struggling Hospital

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, May 19, 2010

Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital has come under fire for increasing its marketing budget when some say it should use that money to improve care. But an aggressive marketing strategy is essential to its success.

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A Mammogram As A Metaphor For Patient-Centered Care

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, May 19, 2010

Several friends recently told me their tales of mammography angst. Not exactly the patient-friendly experience one should expect.

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Should Health Insurers Care About What's For Dinner?

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, May 19, 2010

What if the insurance industry threw its full weight behind preventing obesity? Individual payers might increase their reimbursements for wellness, and hopefully see a return on that investment in a healthier America.

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