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Great Flood Trumps All Other Concerns
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

I had planned to write this week about Medicare fraud enforcement, but recent events have made that impossible. I live in Nashville, which got nearly 20 inches of rain in just more than a 24-hour period last Saturday and Sunday. I've never seen such devastation firsthand, and our area hospitals should be commended for being able to continue to operate during this dangerous flood.
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  May 7, 2010

Editor's Picks
Few Tax-exempt Hospitals Offer Details on Charity Care for Needy Patients
Many non-profit hospitals don't do enough to tell needy patients they may qualify for charity care programs or how to apply for help, according to a report released by The Access Project and Community Catalyst. The report, Best Kept Secrets, examines whether non-profit hospitals are meeting the voluntary guidelines established by the American Hospital Association for billing and collections for uninsured and underinsured patients. [Read More]
Healthcare Reform: Moody's Report Indicates Hospitals May Take It on the Chin
Many a boxer has been able to dance around the ring again after a solid first blow. They may cough and sputter but they get moving; they put their fists up and they prepare to block and punch. It's when that second blow is delivered so close to the first that it can flatten all but a few prize-winning fighters. This recession has been a fight for most people and businesses. However, it seems the healthcare system in particular is taking a one-two punch. [Read More]
HealthLeaders Magazine Named Publication of the Year—ASHPE's Most Prestigious Award
HealthLeaders Media announced this week that HealthLeaders magazine has been named "Magazine of the Year" by ASHPE, the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors. [Read More]
Breakthroughs: The Impact of Personalized Medicine Today
Take a look at how progressive health systems, medical researchers, and physicians are working together to bring the practical benefits of personalized medicine to the frontlines of healthcare delivery. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Partners HealthCare, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center share insights and the lessons learned that will help you explore the current and near-term impact of personalized medicine, determine whether your healthcare information technology foundation is ready for the opportunity, and see where lab research and clinical practice are overlapping. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Duke-Durham Partnership Uses Informatics to Redesign Health System
Cynthia Johnson, for HealthLeaders Media - May 5, 2010
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John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - May 6, 2010
Debate renewed on Jackson Health System oversight
Miami Herald - May 6, 2010
Election leads Union County, NC, to shelve hospital sale
Charlotte Observer - May 6, 2010
Cardiologist, Cleveland Clinic settle suit over firing
Wall Street Journal Health Blog - May 5, 2010
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Hartford Courant - May 5, 2010
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John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - May 4, 2010

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