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AG Raps BIDMC Execs, Board for Levy’s Lapses

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2010

A report by the Massachusetts attorney general's office chastises the executive leadership and board of directors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for years of inaction before addressing CEO Paul Levy's improper relationship with an employee.

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OIG Warns of Pre-Authorization Violations

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2010

A hospital that offers free insurance pre-authorization services to doctors and patients who need imaging tests "could potentially" be doing so in violation of federal anti-kickback statutes, says an advisory opinion issued Tuesday by the U.S. Office of Inspector General's Fraud Prevention and Detection Office.

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Physician Visits Down 7% in July

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2010

With the fourth consecutive month of falling numbers of physician visits, volumes for major outpatient service provider chains such as labs, ambulatory surgical centers, and imaging may continue to be constrained, researchers at Deutsche Bank Securities say.

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Texas Pain Clinic Law Cracks Down on Pill Mills

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2010

Pain management clinics without a valid certificate will be shut down in compliance with a Texas law taking effect this week. The law also stipulates that clinics must be owned by fully licensed Texas physicians.

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Thomson Reuters Acquires Healthcare Data Management

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2010

Thomson Reuters has acquired healthcare benefits auditor and expense management consultants Healthcare Data Management, Inc., effective immediately. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Allscripts-Eclipsys HIT Merger Finalized

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2010

Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions, Inc. and Eclipsys Corp. are now officially called Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc. The merger creates one of the nation's largest health information technology providers with pro forma revenues of approximately $1.2 billion.

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LifePoint Acquires Sumner Regional Health for $145 Million

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2010

LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. has purchased Sumner Regional Health Systems in Nashville for $145 million and will change the name to HighPoint Health System. LifePoint now operates 52 hospitals in 17 states.

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Kentucky Fried Health Plan

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2010

To some, having a health plan means having no plans to get sick. To others, it means believing that someone else will take care of the bills. In a twist on the common tale of health insurance coverage being ripped away from those who need it, a state ruling puts a health plan where it isn't wanted.

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3 Reasons to Market Your ED Wait Times

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2010

Chances are if you aren't marketing your ED wait times already, you're planning to or at least thinking about it. And you should.

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Revealed: Why Health Providers Avoid Vaccines

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2010

As we brace for flu season, it is disappointing to remember that one in three healthcare providers in the U.S. did not bother to get last year's seasonal influenza vaccine, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The reasons why are even more discouraging.

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