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Senate Finance Committee Finishes Reform Bill Hearings

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 2, 2009

In a marathon session, the Senate Finance Committee wrapped up its seventh and final day of hearings on its $900 billion healthcare reform bill after 2 a.m. Friday.

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H1N1 Outbreak Could Cause Hospital Bed Shortages

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, October 1, 2009

Fifteen states could run out of hospital beds and another 12 states could reach or exceed 75% of their hospital bed capacity if 35% of Americans were to get sick from the H1N1 flu virus, according to a report released today by the Trust for America's Health.

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Bad Debt, Lower Volume Linked to Lower Revenue by MGMA Members

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 2, 2009

A decline in patient volume plus increasing bad debt related to patients' financial challenges were cited by the Medical Group Management Association as possible reasons for its members' drop in revenues in 2008 for the first time in several years.

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Health and Human Services OIG releases 2010 Work Plan

By: Kristen Kohrt, for HealthLeaders Media, October 2, 2009

The Department of Health and Human Services OIG released its 2010 OIG Work Plan, giving healthcare compliance professionals an idea of what types of audits and reviews to expect in the coming fiscal year.

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EDs Are Seeing More Elderly Patients, Repeat Users

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, October 1, 2009

More people are going to the emergency rooms and many of them are elderly and often repeat users, according to a study published online today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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Former Clinton Advisor: Healthcare Reform Will Pass

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, October 1, 2009

Congress will pass healthcare reform legislation by the end of the year because Democrats fear the consequences that failure may bring, said Paul Begala, CNN commentator and former advisor to President Clinton at the 2009 Society Healthcare Strategy & Marketing Development conference in Orlando on Thursday.

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Five Last-Minute Tips to Prepare for RACs

By: Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, October 2, 2009

RACs have begun auditing at this point, and providers in some states may have received their first denial letters this week. But many providers seem to still be waiting. However tempting it may be to simply wait, providers can still use this time effectively.

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Is Stark Too Restrictive?

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, October 1, 2009

Certain joint venture arrangements between physicians and hospitals may be illegal as of today, when changes to federal physician self-referral rules that limit specific financial relationships take effect.

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Is Quality of Care Better in Canada?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 1, 2009

Americans like to think that our healthcare quality is second to none. But how does the United States compare with other countries?

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