HealthLeaders Media Community and Rural Hospital Weekly - July 21, 2010
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HRSA Hopes Committee Will Translate a Tower of Babel
Cheryl Clark, Editor, Community Hospitals
Does anyone really understand the reason why there are so many definitions for the terms medically underserved area and health professional shortage area? The Health Resources and Services Administration tried in 1998 and 2008 to standardize the definitions, but got so many letters of complaint it gave up. The Obama administration, known for venturing where others have failed, is trying again— with a different approach. [Read More]
July 21, 2010
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Feds Charge 94 Suspects in Five-city Medicare Fraud Sweep
Seven physicians are included in this federal sweep, which resulted in criminal charges dealing with violations of the False Claims Act, anti-kickback laws, and money laundering. The charges involve schemes dealing with physical and occupational therapy, home healthcare, HIV infusions and durable medical equipment. [Read More]

Fewer Medicare Patients for Specialists Due to Consult Code Cuts
One in five specialty doctors is refusing to accept new Medicare patients, or is limiting the number or reducing services, because of declines in reimbursements set under new federal billing codes that took effect this year. The AMA produced this survey of several thousand physicians in conjunction with 17 professional medical societies. [Read More]

Six Tips for Measuring Hospitalist Program Performance
Hospitalists are the basic route of care for inpatients at an increasing number of hospitals. But who is monitoring how they provide that care and how is it measured? Our associate editor Liz Jones interviewed a hospitalist consultant who gives advice. [Read More]

Digesting the HIPAA Proposed Rule
New HIPAA compliance rules may soon become law, and our senior managing editor Dom Nicastro shows how you should change your operation to meet the new specifications. One key issue is how it will affect business associates; there's more to do than just having agreements in place. [Read More]

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This Week's Headlines

Head of Anthem Blue Cross to step down
The Sacramento Bee – July 21, 2010
Sepsis threatens hospital patients (and others), study finds
Los Angeles Times – July 21, 2010
States fail to report disciplined caregivers to federal database
ProPublica – July 20, 2010
More seniors, minorities, obese mean more glaucoma in US
USA Today – July 16, 2010

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