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AHIP Decries Demonization of Private Health Insurance

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2009

The lead lobbyist for health insurance companies complained today that her industry is being "demonized" in the healthcare reform debate.

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RAC Audits Have Arrived

By: Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2009

Heads up, healthcare providers: Connolly Healthcare, the RAC for Region C, has posted the first set of issues eligible for RAC review on its Web site.

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More Than 50% of Poor Residents in Some Counties are Uninsured

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2009

As if anyone needs evidence the healthcare safety net isn't working, new state and county data from the U.S. Census Bureau for 2006 might be convincing. Roughly one in four children and adults under age 65 in all income brackets had no health insurance of any kind in Texas, New York, Louisiana, and Florida. And roughly one in five had no coverage in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada, and Oregon.

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OCR's HIPAA Enforcement: More Bark or Bite?

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2009

For covered entities, the big questions are: When will stepped-up enforcement of HIPAA arrive? And how regular will it be?

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Don't Get Tagged for Infection Control Deficiencies in the MRI

By: Evan Sweeney, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2009

MRI technology has recently garnered the interest of those in the C-suite, particularly after the ECRI Institute ranked ultrahigh-field-strength MRIs second on its list of hot technologies for 2009.

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Healthcare’s Misunderstood Values

By: Jim Molpus, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2009

Hospitals may want to hire for skills first, but what binds the staff together as a whole are the values they share. The first step in creating a set of common values is to select the values that apply to your healthcare organization.

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HIT Lessons from Across the Pond

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2009

A recent report pulls 25 lessons learned from EHR initiatives in Denmark, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom that can be examined when implementing such systems in the U.S.

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Mexico City Offers Free Health Insurance to Tourists

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2009

Consumers all over the world struggling to find healthcare coverage now have an option to get it affordably—they'll just have to travel to Mexico City.

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