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Internists' Salaries Rise; Surgeons' Continue to Fall

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2010

Internists took large pay increases in the past year, Locum Tenens survey shows, but their salaries remain well below subspecialists' such as radiologists and anesthesiologists. Since 2007, surgeons' average salaries have fallen 2.5%.

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Health Nonprofits Post Double-Digit ROI

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2010

The average return on investment for 85 nonprofit healthcare organizations improved to 18.8% in Fiscal Year 2009, the best year for financial returns in nearly a decade, shows Commonfund Institute research.

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OCR Confirms Walgreens HIPAA Investigation

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2010

The Office for Civil Rights confirmed this week its investigation into the nation’s largest drugstore chain, Walgreen’s, based on the same television media reports that led to million-dollar settlements with CVS and Rite Aid for potential HIPAA violations.

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Health Insurance Exchange Blasted Over Primary Care Access in Massachusetts

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2010

The company contracted to provide care for 30,000 legal Massachusetts immigrants and a spokesman for the state's health insurance exchange, Health Connector, are criticizing a letter in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, which alleges that those patients are being denied physician access.

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Risk Adjustment Key to Competition Within Health Insurance Exchanges

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2010

Health plans that have long been incented to compete on risk selection—vying for healthy enrollees and eschewing the sick—are bracing for new rules that will turn their offerings into commodities with buying decisions hinging on price above all else.

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Unscripted Doctors and Other Takeaways from "Boston Med"

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2010

Not only am I hooked on ABC's docu-series "Boston Med," but I'm convinced it should be required viewing for any healthcare marketer.

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Filling the Demand for Mental Health Specialists

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2010

We repeatedly hear warnings about the looming shortage of doctors, a crisis intensifying by 2014 when reform provisions allow 30 million people who now lack health insurance to afford medical care. But who is paying attention to whether there will be enough specialists in behavioral or mental health to treat them all? 

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