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Pediatric Residency Funding At Risk

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2011

Federal legislators left town before reauthorizing $330 million to cover the cost of 5,600 pediatric residencies. The Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education program is set to expire Oct. 1, and is not in the Obama administration's budget for FY 2012.

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OCR Undecided on Including BAs in HIPAA Audits

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2011

The Office for Civil Rights will work with contractor KPMG to develop audit protocols for business associates. If the test audits return positive results, OCR will launch a full range of onsite audits and an evaluation process.

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4 Docs Indicted in $58M Drug, Fraud Case

By: Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2011

Four Detroit area doctors are among 26 individuals indicted by a federal grand jury as part of large scale healthcare fraud and drug distribution case that involves at least $58.5 million in Medicare and Medicaid charges.

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Surgeon Cuts Out Third-Party Payers

By: Greg Freeman for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2011

Frustrated by bureaucracy and reimbursement rates, this Las Vegas physician decided to no longer accept patients with insurance. He now works less and makes more money.

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How Healthcare Might Be Like Garlic

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2011

Yes, we sometimes take a good thing and, by overdoing or misusing it, can end up with unfortunate results. Perhaps for healthcare and garlic, less is more.  

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Physicians Gain In Weight Loss Clinics

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, August 4, 2011

Physicians who are reducing or leaving general practice to become weight loss clinic owners are finding financial success amid the ballooning U.S. obesity epidemic. However, surveys show that many primary care physicians are confused about how to discuss weight issues.

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Rounds: The Real Value of ACOs

By: June 13, 2011

Date: August 16, 2011
What: Attend on-site or participate via live webcast.
About: Get accountable care strategies from ACO pioneers Norton Healthcare, Humana, and Palmetto Health--first movers who already have experienced the challenges of building a new framework for healthcare delivery.
LINK: http://www.hcmarketplace.com/prod-9589-EZINEADB&e_topic=WS_HLM2

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Intelligence Report: Better Care and the Bottom Line

By: June 21, 2011

54% of leaders say that ACOs will be successful in coordinating care and driving down overall costs, according to this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report. Get the free report with exclusive research and analysis.

http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/intelligence/061/industry-insight-report.html

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