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OIG Releases 2011 Work Plan

By: Michael Iarrobino, CPC-A, for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2010

Medical devices, radiation therapy, quality, safety, and an expanded focus on the three- and one-day payment windows are among the highlights of the Office of Inspector General's fiscal year 2011 Work Plan.

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MEDNAX Subsidiary Acquires Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 4, 2010

American Anesthesiology has acquired Charlotte, NC-based Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants, a 90-physician group practice that provides anesthesia and pain management services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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8 HIE Implementation Barriers Detailed

By: Roxanna Guildford-Blake for HealthLeaders Media, October 5, 2010

The impact of health insurance exchanges on hospitals is indirect but nevertheless significant, and policymakers must first address adverse selection, eligibility determination, administrative costs, and other issues, report says. 

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Expert Tips for Adopting Transparent Federal Contracts

By: Scott Honiberg and Jeffrey Weinstein, for HealthLeaders Media, October 4, 2010

Opportunities from federal agencies take all shapes and sizes. Here are guidelines from a legal expert on how to understand agency contracts and the competitive procurement process, and how to take advantage them. In this age of transparency, it is somewhat surprising that so much about healthcare procurement still remains unknown.

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Social Networking to Recruit Tomorrow’s Physicians

By: Julie McCoy, September 3, 2010

The residency recruitment season has begun. With the opening of the Electronic Resident Application Service, program directors and coordinators can begin downloading applications and recruiting hospital's future physicians.

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Violence Against ED Nurses Remains High, But Remedies Exist

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 4, 2010

Emergency Department nurses say they are victims of physical violence every week. To me, the most disturbing factoid is that no action was taken against the perpetrator in 45% of the cases. The Emergency Nurses Association points out this violence prevention problem in their nationwide survey, how is your hospital finding a solution?

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3 Tricks for Finding Hidden Cash in Medicare Cost Reports

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, October 4, 2010

Believe it or not, there's money in Medicare, and it may be hiding in your cost report. A Medicare reimbursement services expert describes three areas where hospitals can wave their magic wands to make what’s owed reappear. These tricks aren’t quick, but digging into patient files and uttering a little “abracadabra” just might levitate your bottom line.

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