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Friday, April 23, 2010

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CBO: U.S. Should Collect $4 Billion A Year in Penalties from Those Who Don't Buy Health Coverage

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 23, 2010

About 4 million people are expected to pay a penalty for not buying health insurance in 2016, an amount estimated at about $4.2 billion to $4.3 billion per year over the 2017 to 2019 period when provisions of the new healthcare reform law kick in. But two thirds of that penalty amount will be paid by people whose adjusted gross income is more than 400% of the federal poverty level.

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Meeting the Future Challenges of Building ACOs

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2010

As surprising as it may sound, accountable care organizations do not represent a significant paradigm shift in American healthcare: Instead, they are a compilation of "integration tactics" that have been tried at different times and in different systems, according to a new study from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

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New AMA Web Site Guides Docs Filing Claims in $350M UnitedHealth Settlement

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2010

The American Medical Association has launched a Web site to help physicians recover a share of the $350 million obtained in a settlement with UnitedHealth Group stemming from the insurer's alleged artificially low payments for out-of-network services.

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North Shore-LIJ, EPA Sign Pact on Green Initiatives

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 23, 2010

North Shore-LIJ (NY) Health System and the Environmental Protection Agency used Thursday's Earth Day celebrations to sign a five-year agreement on wide-ranging environmental stewardship programs. The memorandum of understanding places the health system's hospitals in Queens, Long Island, and Staten Island into programs for energy and water conservation, solid waste recycling, environmentally sensitive landscaping, combined heat and power plants, sustainable building and construction projects, and green cleaning.

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Leading Medical Groups Adopt New Ethics Code

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 23, 2010

The days of free pens with drug company names or golf outings on a medical vendor's dime might finally be over with the industry release of The Council of Medical Specialty Societies' new code addressing interactions with companies. The CMSS ethics code, which was developed by a task force consisting of leaders from the 32 member societies, is designed to limit the influence that drug and device makers could have over patient care.

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Americans Divided, Confused on Health Reform Law

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2010

Eight in 10 Americans know that President Obama signed the health reform legislation into law, but 55% say they are confused about it, and 56% say they don't understand how it will affect them personally. That's according to a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll issued today.

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How to Determine Compensation for Medical Staff Leaders

By: Liz Jones, April 22, 2010

There is no magic formula to help hospitals determine which leaders to compensate and how much. However, there are some questions that medical staffs and hospital executives should ask themselves before putting their John Hancock on a check.

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Updates for Long-Term Care from the Train-the-Trainer Conference

By: MacKenzie Kimball, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2010

The Minimum Data Set, Version 3.0 Train-the-Trainer conference held in Baltimore April 13-15 provided attendees with a wealth of information regarding the new long-term care assessment tool, which will be implemented in October.

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Point-of-Care Tool Helps Clinicians Answer Questions, Make Decisions

By: Cynthia Johnson, April 22, 2010

There may be no better way for a clinician to problem-solve than by analyzing all of the information at hand and making an informed decision when it's most needed—at the point of care.

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Something Lost, Something Gained in Primary Care

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2010

For Parkview Health, a not-for-profit community based health system in Indiana, primary care is the focus of its growing practice.

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Are Hospital Rankings Popularity Contests or Measures of Quality?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2010

How much reputation should be used in hospital ranking is unclear, but certainly these scores should not be based on popularity.

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