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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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CMS Changes Physician Supervision Rule, Maintains Drug Payment Formula

By: Michelle Leppert, November 2, 2009

The 2010 OPPS final rule released on Friday contains few surprises, but does finalize two changes that received considerable attention when CMS proposed them.

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Red Flags Rule Enforcement Delayed to June 1

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2009

The Federal Trade Commission is delaying enforcement of its identity theft Red Flags Rule for a fourth time, pushing back the November 1 deadline to June 1, 2010.

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New MRSA Strain Much More Lethal Than Other Types

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 3, 2009

An uncommon type of MRSA called USA600 appears much more lethal when it infects the bloodstream than more common strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, according to a study.

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Sanford, MeritCare Merger Creates Giant Health System in the Dakotas

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2009

South Dakota-based Sanford Health and North Dakota-based MeritCare Health System wrapped up months of negotiations and formally announced that they have merged to become one of the nation's largest, nonprofit, integrated rural healthcare systems.

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Sisters of Mercy Takes Reins at St. John's Regional Medical Center

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2009

The Sisters of Mercy Health System announced today that it has finalized a deal with Catholic Health Initiatives to assume sponsorship of St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO.

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Georgia Fines UnitedHealth for Not Paying Claims Promptly

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2009

In what could be the first of a number of fines against health insurance companies, the Georgia insurance commissioner fined UnitedHealthcare and three related companies a combined $750,000 for allegedly not paying thousands of health claims promptly.

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System to Detect Medicare Part D Fraud is Badly Flawed

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 3, 2009

The federal system designed to sniff out fraud and abuse within Medicare's Part D prescription drug benefit has been largely thwarted because it lacked authority to obtain and analyze prescription order data, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

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Bracken Named New Board Chairman at HCA

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2009

HCA has named Richard M. Bracken as the new chairman of HCA's board of directors, effective Dec. 15. He will replace Jack O. Bovender, Jr., 64, who will retire from the company on the same day.

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Healthcare Unions Steam Ahead in 2009

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2009

Healthcare unions aren't initiating as many organizing elections now as they have in recent years, but a new study shows that when organized labor picks a target, they usually win.

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Red Flags Fly, Bad Debt Shrinks

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2009

There's a sunny side to complying with the Red Flags Rule: minimal cost to implement and the return on this investment could reduce your bad debt.

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