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GAO Finds Gaps in CMS Review of Managed Care Rates

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has not adequately reviewed state programs to assure that they set appropriate Medicaid managed care contract rates, a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office says.

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Nursing, Geriatric Programs to Get $159 Million from HHS

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2010

Thousands of nurses and geriatric specialists—many of them minorities—will be trained in osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and allied health under $159.1 million in federal grants from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Health Insurance Rules Aim to Restrict Rescissions in CA

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 6, 2010

In an effort to curb insurers from illegally rescinding coverage, California regulators have passed rules on the process of collecting a patient's health history.

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APIC: Automated Surveillance Prevents HAIs

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 6, 2010

Facilities that employ computer technologies to detect infectious organisms responsible for hospital-acquired infections have also implemented best practices to prevent their spread, a study of 241 acute-care hospitals in California indicates.

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1 in 5 Skip Medical Care, Study Says

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2010

One in five Americans avoided seeking medical care for a recent illness or injury, with four out of 10 citing cost as the primary factor, according to a newly released Deloitte Center for Health Solutions online survey of more than 4,000 adults.

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Lack of Eye Protection in Cath Lab Could Lead to Cataracts

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2010

Interventional cardiologists and other workers in catheterization labs who don't wear safety googles may be exposed to levels of ionizing radiation sufficiently high to result in early stage cataract development, studies find.

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Hospitals Cut Jobs in July, Fed Data Shows

By: August 6, 2010

Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday show that hospitals shed 2,300 jobs in July, after reporting 3,000 payroll additions in June. The data is considered preliminary and may be revised in the coming months.

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Will Congress Do an End Run Around Berwick? Don’t Bet Against It

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, August 6, 2010

Hospitals, through the American Hospital Association, did all they could to derail the 2.9% Final Inpatient Rule cuts from CMS—even enlisting the aid of a majority of senators and House members via letters protesting the cut to CMS Administrator Don Berwick. He ignored them. But they haven’t yet failed because in Washington, calling something final doesn’t mean it’s over.

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