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Is Technology Perpetuating Medicare Fraud?

Scott Mace

The allegations by 60 Minutes that technology facilitated Medicare fraud at HMA raise sticky issues. Regulators vow to investigate, but a new set of government rules would be cumbersome, costly, and perhaps ineffective. >>>


Editor's Picks

Q&A: Don Berwick Reflects on Healthcare Reform, Part II

A year after leaving his position as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Don Berwick, MD, talks with HealthLeaders about death panels, the challenges of implementing healthcare reform, and Medicare and Medicaid fraud. >>>

Telemedicine Program Signals Bold Leadership on a Small Scale

One hospital's offering of 24/7 physician consultations by phone or video shows innovation and an embrace of the future of medicine, albeit as a low-risk proposition. >>>

Clinical Technology Under C-Suite Scrutiny

How do healthcare leaders effectively make decisions regarding the right mix of clinical technology and services to offer? >>>

HHS Details Limits to Medicaid Expansion

In a sweeping memorandum from its Secretary, the Department of Health and Human Services is providing details to states on Medicaid expansion, saying "the law does not provide for a phased-in or partial expansion."  The memo also addresses market reforms, healthcare exchanges, and payments to safety net hospitals. >>>

ED Waits Linked to Higher Costs, LOS

High emergency department crowding was associated with 300 excess inpatient deaths, 6,200 hospital days, and $17 million in costs, a study of nearly one million ED visits finds. >>>

Cancer Center's 'Gangnam Style' Video Goes Viral

An oncology center's marketing team capitalizes on a worldwide video sensation to both raise awareness for the organization and put a smile on cancer patients' faces. >>>

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News Headlines

Strategy for Medicaid cuts: Jindal aides used personal emails to circumvent records requests / Associated Press, December 11, 2012

How much compensation is too much compensation?

Lancaster Online, December 11, 2012

Cedars-Sinai says heart surgeon infected patients

Silicon Valley Mercury News / Associated Press, December 10, 2012

Feds blast UC Davis Medical Center over experimental surgeries

Sacramento Bee, December 10, 2012

Healthcare creates MN jobs boom

Star Tribune, December 10, 2012

CBO: No sign Congress meant to limit health exchange subsidy

Chicago Tribune / Reuters, December 7, 2012

NJ gov vetoes state-run health exchange

Asbury Park Press, December 7, 2012

Patient data breaches: future looks grim

InformationWeek, December 7, 2012

Opinion: Healthcare savings without Medicare cuts

Politico, December 6, 2012

IRS finalizes new tax for medical devices in healthcare law

Reuters, December 6, 2012

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Volume, Value, and Compensation Metrics

Although executive compensation is largely linked to financial metrics, there is a shift in healthcare as leaders are increasingly being measured on factors of quality outcomes and patient satisfaction. >>>


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