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Red Flags Deadline Pushed Back Again

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2009

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that—for a third time—it has pushed back enforcement of the Red Flags anti-fraud regulations until Nov. 1, a full year after it was first scheduled to take effect.

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It's Official: House Won't Vote on Health Reform Before Break

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2009

As part of an agreement today, the House will not vote on health reform prior to its summer recess, which begins on Friday.

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Hospitals Would Get Paid 32% Less in Public Plan Compared to Private Insurers

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2009

The public health insurance plan proposed under the House healthcare reform bill would have "a substantial price advantage" over private insurance because it would pay providers using current Medicare payment methodology, according to a new analysis.

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HHS Releases $200 Million for Healthcare Training

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2009

HHS has made available $200 million targeted for grants, loans, loan repayment, and scholarships to expand the training of healthcare workers.

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Millions of Dollars Are Lost Because of Miscoded Durable Medical Equipment Supply Claims

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2009

Durable medical equipment suppliers miscoded claims in 2006 resulting in the federal government, private insurance, and individuals overpaying them $42 million for items like wheelchairs and oxygen, an investigation by the Office of Inspector General said yesterday. Of the $42 million, $23.4 million was paid by Medicare. Medicare, private insurance companies, and private payers wrongly paid an additional $7.1 million, much of it in co-payments.

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Hospitals Develop Strategies That Retain Experienced Nurses

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2009

A new report details the outcomes of 13 selected research projects designed to test positive and negative outcomes of strategies to retain experienced nurses who otherwise might quit for less demanding jobs.

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Life Safety Deficiencies Top Joint Commission's Citation List

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, July 30, 2009

In a culmination of efforts to better review fire protection features in acute care facilities, Life Safety Code violations became the top cited standard in all surveyed hospitals in 2008, reports The Joint Commission. According to the July 2009 Joint Commission Perspectives, 45% of surveyed hospitals received a citation for EC.5.20, the old 2008 standard for Life Safety Code compliance. That standard has since expanded into 10 life safety standards introduced in 2009.

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AHA Board Elects 7 New Trustees

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2009

The American Hospital Association has elected seven new members to its board of trustees for terms beginning Jan. 1, 2010.

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More Health Insurance Regs Without an Individual Mandate would Raise Health Costs

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2009

The individual mandate is in every major reform proposal, but that doesn't mean it's going to happen.

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Hospital That Deported Patient Vindicated, but will Ruling Counteract Bad PR?

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2009

A hospital that suffered some bad PR when sent an uninsured illegal immigrant back to his home country has been vindicated by a jury, but it might not be in the clear in the court of public opinion.

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Obesity In A Rural Setting

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2009

Could Americans start saving money if thousands of much-too-hefty nurses, doctors, and other health providers across the country led a national initiative to lose weight themselves?

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