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7 Tips for RAC Region D Providers

By: James Carroll, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2010

Let's face it—dealing with Recovery Audit Contractors RACs is an albatross around the neck of susceptible providers. But for diligent hospitals that have anticipated RACs since the demonstration project, the situation is far less dire.

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FDA Approves Surgical Instrument Tracking Tool

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a radio-frequency identification tool that tracks instruments and sponges during surgical procedures.

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Marin General Sues Sutter Health for $120 Million

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2010

Marin General Hospital Corp. has filed a suit against Sutter Health Corp. to recover more than $120 million that Marin claims Sutter improperly took from hospital's accounts for four years.

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10 Tips for Prescribing Controlled Substances

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2010

When prescribing controlled substances for patients in long-term care settings, doctors should use these tips to assure the right drug in the right dose gets to the right patient—and avoid problems with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration—suggests a coalition of physician groups.

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Employer's Guide to Healthcare Reform Law

By: David Barron and Daniel Schuch, August 30, 2010

Healthcare reform will have a far-reaching effect on companies in the United States.  Armed with the following necessary information, employers will be able to make educated decisions and implement the requirements of reform in an efficient, timely manner.

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Floridians, Meet Your New Governor...Rick Scott?

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, August 27, 2010

Don King is infamous for his catchphrase, "Only in America!" The much-derided boxing promoter usually delivers that line while grinning ear-to-ear and holding at least one tiny American flag. Many people of goodwill cringe when they see it, and roll their eyes. It's insincere, unctuous, tasteless, and it's probably true.

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