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The MACs (i.e., Fiscal Intermediaries (FI) and Carriers and Medicare Administrative Contractors), however, deserve as much if not more of our attention. Consider this: The June 2008 CMS program evaluation of the RAC demonstration reported $992.7 million in overpayments collected from providers. But additionally, in a similar time period , the Medicare claims processing contractors (i.e. the MACs) in New York, Florida and California corrected more than $13 million in improper payments and prevented an additional $1.8 billion in alleged improper payments by denying claims before they were paid . Unlike RACs, which perform ...
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Spheris Auction Shakes Up Medical Transcription Industry
Three healthcare IT companies submitted bids at the April 13 auction for the assets of the nation’s second largest medical transcription provider, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Feb. 3 2010. Atlanta-based Transcend Services, Inc. has joined Nuance Communications, headquartered in Burlington, Mass., in filing bids by the April 8 deadline. They will go up against MedQuist, Inc., based in Mount Laurel, N.J., which has a deal in place to acquire Franklin, Tenn.-based Spheris’ U.S. and Canadian operations for roughly $75.3 million in cash. According to documents filed in Wilmington, Del., in February ... market research, surveys and trends

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Survey: 'Connected health' could cut healthcare costs by 40 ...
CAMBRIDGE, MA – A patient-centered and coordinated approach to healthcare could save billions, according to a survey of leading healthcare providers, patients, payers and technology leaders. The survey, released today by the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) and Cambridge Consultants, a technology product design and development firm, shows that a focus on patient well-being will improve overall health outcomes. In addition, the survey indicates care coordination will reduce wasteful spending in defensive medicine, inefficient claims processing, medical errors and emergency room services. The ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Poll: public isn't budging much on their attitudes about health IT ...
NORWALK, CT – Less than one in 10 American adults use electronic medical records or e-mail their doctor, according to a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll. Nearly half of respondents of the poll, which was conducted among 2,035 U.S. adults online from June 8-10, weren't even sure if their physician offered these technologies. The majority of those polled said they would like their doctors to access their medical records online, but only about a third (30 percent) believe their insurer should have the same access. Overall, "the general public only has a vague idea, only a very limited understanding, of what all this ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
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the nation’s largest and fastest growing independent customer relationship marketing agency, announced the hiring of Carlton (Carl) Doty as a vice president, enterprise strategy. In this newly created position, Doty will focus on developing and deploying strategic marketing programs for Merkle’s health insurance clients and further establishing the company’s presence and reputation as a thought leader in the sector. Doty is a nationally recognized expert who brings nearly 15 years of experience in health insurance and marketing to Merkle. With a specialty in customer ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Selling Cleveland's medical mart: Q&A with MMPI's sales chief
Or at least that part of the world that needs to buy into the concept for it to be a success — medical device makers, health information technology vendors, and less-sexy members of the healthcare ecosystem like hospital bed manufacturers. Now that the project appears to be picking up some momentum , Sanker’s role is among the most important in ensuring that the medical mart idea becomes a reality. Sanker, a Lakewood, Ohio resident for the last 15 years, is the vice president of leasing for Chicago-based MMPI , the property developer for Cleveland’s $425 million, 520,000-square-foot medical mart project, which ... market trends, news research and surveys resources

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Chances are that you've never heard about the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy - unless you're a serious health policy wonk. Unlike many state agencies, the Division's primary purpose is not to manage direct care programs, but rather inform their development or impact. Since most people never need to directly interact with us, they don't realize the wealth of information or analysis we offer. Coincidentally, many health care policy organizations rely on or use our reports to develop their own work. Basically, the Division produces reliable and objective analysis of the Massachusetts health care ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
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If 30 million Americans get Healthcare, which jobs would be in ...
Yes, Healthcare is the obvious answer but I am looking for someone to tell me which career in the healthcare industry would benefit most. 7 months ago I am looking to start a new career. I just received my AA degree this month and I am planning on transferring to a Cal State school and focusing on a major. Which jobs will benefit highly from Obama's Healthcare Plan? The news that came out today appears that it will become law very soon! 30 million Americans will now have healthcare. 7 months ago Member since: July 29, 2009 Total points: 6117 (Level 5) medical technology/clinical laboratory science These are the ...
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I'm writing an article on healthcare facility construction for the Western PA Hospital News. I'm looking to address these specific questions: 1. What are today's biggest trends in healthcare facility construction and design 2. Besides an aging population, why has there been an upswing in construction and design in the healthcare industry? 3. What are some of the key challenges facing healthcare administrators who are looking to renovate or build new facilities? What kind of advice can you offer to then? 4. How has healthcare construction changed since the last decade? posted 4 months ago in Health Care , Health ...