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EMR Implementation: How Do You Stack Up Against Your Peers?
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

I think by now, we're past the point of arguing whether introducing complex technology into the healthcare continuum is a good idea. Whether to help caregivers make the right decisions more quickly, to better integrate clinical and financial systems to cut down on waste, government mandates, or a host of other good reasons to automate many parts of the healthcare process, hospitals and health systems are investing as never before in technological innovation.
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  December 2, 2010

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OIG: Medicaid Paid $6.2B for Unapproved Drugs
One wonders why drug companies can charge so much for their products. Apparently, part of it is because no one checks to see if a drug paid for by Medicaid is FDA-approved. And because it's what the "market" will bear. In fact, more than a third of the prescription drugs paid for by Medicaid in 2008 were not on a list of approved drugs in the National Drug Code Directory and may have accounted for $6.2 billion of the $24 billion that Medicaid spent on prescription drugs that year, according to an audit by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General. [Read More]
West Penn Allegheny's suit against UPMC, Highmark reinstated
Call it the lawsuit that wouldn't die. A federal appeals court panel has reinstated West Penn Allegheny Health System's antitrust lawsuit against University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and regional insurer Highmark Inc. U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Schwab previously dismissed the ailing hospital system's claims that UPMC and Highmark illegally conspired to reduce competition, raise prices and gain a monopoly on the region's health care industry. But a U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals panel, acting on an appeal from West Penn Allegheny, found ample grounds to proceed with the claim. [Read More]
WakeMed Requests UNC Health Care Records
And, speaking of lawsuits, now we have what looks like the beginnings of one between healthcare providers in North Carolina. Private, not-for-profit WakeMed Health & Hospitals has asked to look at the records of rival UNC Health Care and Rex Healthcare to determine if public money was used by either of the state-owned entities to duplicate and shift services to gain an unfair competitive edge. [Read More]
HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations
Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. [Read More]
Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions
Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat. [Learn More]
This Week's Headlines
Hospital Execs, Get Strategic About Capital Expenditures
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NPR, November 30, 2010
CA Slaps Health Plans for Delaying Payments
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Doctors, patients roiled by CDC study linking personality disorders to chronic fatigue syndrome
ABC News, November 30, 2010
Senate widens its probe of bare-bones health plans
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Use of CT scans is increasing, raising questions
Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2010
Embracing incentives for efficient healthcare
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