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Obama's Speech a Good Start
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

I'm skeptical not only of Democrats, but Republicans, independents, et al. At best, most of them are only interested in getting re-elected. At worst, they're interested in lining their own pockets. Either way, they're out for their own narrow self-interest. But I give the president high marks for trying to tackle some of the seemingly intractable systemic problems that affect healthcare today—chief of which is its unaffordability—in the short-term for the uninsured, in the long term for all of us.
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  June 19, 2009

Editor's Picks
Five Ways Leaders Fail
A keynote speaker at HFMA, Patrick Lencioni, spoke about how leaders often mess up their teams. Some of the problem areas include the absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, and avoidance of accountability. Lencioni's ideas are more important than ever in these difficult economic times, when everyone is expected to do more with less. [Read More]
Debate on healthcare hits snags at the start
Senators delayed action on one key healthcare reform bill and engaged in partisan sniping over another. Senate leaders said they are still on track to put a bill on the floor by midsummer, but some Democrats privately acknowledged that piecing together a measure that will expand coverage to the uninsured without breaking the budget is proving excruciatingly difficult—particularly if the goal is to pass a bill with Republican support. [Read More]
Preparing for a RAC Audit
With the RAC demonstration ended, one of the best ways to prepare for a RAC audit comes in learning from survivors. Elizabeth Lamkin, CEO of Hilton Head Regional Hospital in South Carolina, offered key guidance to HFMA conference attendees in how to ready their organizations for a RAC attack. [Read More]
Hospital Department Leaders Must Remain Flexible in Difficult Economy
With the current state of the economy, your hospital staff members should be ready for different roles on any given day. No one is immune to change. That can mean your health information managers may need to code and your patient access managers might need to register patients. Albany (NY) Medical Center is one example of a hospital where managers are working together and accepting different roles. [Read More]

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RAC Demonstration Project Offers Valuable Lessons: CMS created the Recovery Audit Contractors program as part of an effort to reduce improper Medicare payments by contracting independent auditors to detect and collect overpayments. The demonstration project, which ended its three-year process in March 2008, is the best body of evidence we have to project what the permanent program will be like as it continues to roll out across the country by 2010. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations interested in preserving their Medicare revenue would do well to study the demonstration and learn as much as they can to prepare for a future where RAC audits will soon become an unavoidable reality. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Engage Physicians to Achieve Top Cardiac Care: Wellness gets a lot of positive press, but there's often little in terms of carrots or sticks in many employer-sponsored programs to get measurable results. It's different at Carolinas Health System, says Donna Lockhart, a vice president with the system. Lockhart says CHS' program is working by paying employees to comply. She says the benefits far outweigh the program's cost. [Listen Now]
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