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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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Medicare, Medicaid Anti-fraud Provisions Set to Expand

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2010

Proposed legislation would strengthen the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services to ban corporate executives from doing business with Medicare if they are convicted of fraud.

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GAO: Tighter HIPAA Safeguards Needed at HHS

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2010

A Government Accountability report says the Department of Health and Human Services, the enforcer of HIPAA privacy and security rules, has safeguards that do not always protect sensitive information it shares with contractors.

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Medicare Part D Incurs Substantial Savings with Generics, CBO Says

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2010

Dispensing generic drugs rather than their brand-name counterparts reduced prescription drug costs in the Medicare Part D by $33 billion in one year, a Congressional Budget Office report says.

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Janitor Sells Patient Records for $40

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2010

Fourteen boxes containing 33,000 patient records were taken from a "secure place" in an ambulatory care center and sold to a recycling center near Los Angeles. The incident underscores the need for prevention, a HIPAA privacy and security expert says.

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Unauthorized Employee Signs Off on Mammograms

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2010

A radiology employee at Perry Hospital, has been indicted on charges of entering into a computer and signing off on as many as 1,289 mammography results without a physician's review.

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Capital Fueling Hospital Expansion Boom

By: Jeff Elliott for HealthLeaders Media, September 20, 2010

When financial capital evaporated during the recession, most healthcare organizations chose to put their new construction and renovations on hold. While hospitals may yet find it hard to afford these projects, no longer can they afford to wait.

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Shooting Gives Hospital Violence Prime Time Attention

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

By now most readers are familiar with the murder-suicide last Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore that also left an attending physician with a serious gunshot wound to the abdomen. If any sliver of good can be plucked from this event, it may be the raising of public awareness about the extent of violence in our nation's hospitals.

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