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Healthcare Jobs Activity Surging on Social Media
Health Leaders Media

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities looking to hire more doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals may want to add Facebook, LinkedIn, and even Twitter to their recruitment efforts.

A survey from AMN Healthcare, a San Diego-based recruitment firm, finds that people employed in healthcare have increased their use of social media to look for jobs, apply for new positions and network with colleagues.

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Medicare to settle hospital reimbursement dispute
Los Angeles Times

Medicare agreed to settle a dispute with about 2,200 hospitals nationwide over a decade-long error in reimbursement rates, offering what could amount to a $3 billion infusion to hospitals already bracing for funding cuts under the federal healthcare law. More than 200 California hospitals are included in three similar agreements reached April 5, and they stand to share a total of more than $310 million.

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Healthcare reform is about lives, not just politics
Los Angeles Times

Dale Berman doesn’t just have a rooting interest in the Supreme Court upholding the healthcare reform law. You could say his life depends on it. Berman, 54, of Burbank is a freelance photographer who has had Crohn’s disease his entire life. Crohn’s is a severe intestinal disorder that can cause intense pain and a variety of complications. Berman has had to undergo three operations and has been hospitalized on numerous occasions.

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Hoag Hospital to debut new stress-free heart procedure suite
ABC News

If you want excellent surgical outcomes, doctors need to be able to do what they need to do as quickly and efficiently as possible and patients need to feel as stress-free as possible. This is called patient-centered medicine, and Hoag Hospital is debuting a new heart procedure room with this goal in mind. A scary, stressful experience is the last thing a heart patient needs. So Hoag Hospital’s Dr. Subbarao Myla and his colleagues are set to debut a state-of-the-art catheterization suite where patients can get in and out quickly, smoothly and in comfort.

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CMS paying $355 million to HCA, Tenet
Modern Healthcare

Two of the nation’s largest health systems will receive a combined $355 million for Medicare underpayments to rural hospitals, under the terms of a series of ongoing CMS legal settlements with hospitals nationwide.

Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA, the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain, will receive $271 million and Tenet Healthcare Corp., of Dallas, will receive $84 million from the CMS by June 30 as part of the agency’s settlement of a lawsuit challenging rural hospital payments as far back as 1999, according to the companies .

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3-D mammography ups ante in medical arms race
Sacramento Business Journal

Radiological Associates of Sacramento is the first local provider to offer three-dimensional mammograms, believed to do a better job of finding tumors in dense tissue. Local health systems that compete with the independent radiology group say they have the necessary equipment but aren’t paying the $150,000 to $200,000 required to upgrade to 3-D scans — yet.

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Another Barrier to Health Care for Latinos
EGP

Latinos in California face a number of barriers when it comes to health care. For many of us, there is a language barrier that blocks access to quality health care. For others, it is the neighborhoods that we live in, where it’s easier to find a liquor store or a fast food restaurant than it is to find a fresh produce stand or pharmacy. For too large a number of California Latinos, an income barrier means we rely on state programs for our health care coverage.

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Kaiser Permanente officials discuss impact of controversial health care reform law on small businesses
Fontana Herald News

There is no doubt that the United States runs on small businesses, and 70 percent of those businesses employ 10 or fewer people. But even though small businesses employ 52 percent of all U.S workers, only 46 percent offer health insurance. However, what many people do not realize is that ever since September 2010, small businesses can get up to 35 percent of eligible premium expenses as a tax credit for offering health insurance to workers.

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Hospital gets $100,000 for cancer care
The Press-Enterprise

Redlands Community Hospital Foundation has received a $100,000 grant from Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer to improve access to care for cancer patients. A check was presented at the hospital on April 3. Redlands Community is one of several local organizations that will benefit from the annual Believe Walk, which is held in downtown Redlands each fall.

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CMS’ hospital settlements seen costing at least $3 billion
Modern Healthcare

Ongoing CMS settlement negotiations with about 2,200 hospitals are expected to cost the federal government at least $3 billion, according to parties involved in the deal. The payments to hospitals will settle several similar years-long federal lawsuits in which those providers alleged CMS officials erred in calculating pay rate cuts needed to offset an increase for rural hospitals required by a 15-year-old law. The settlement process began when a federal appeals court struck down a lower court ruling that sided with the CMS.

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New, expanded Concord health care clinic opens to serve uninsured
The Mercury News

Maria Visintini’s thrift store had just closed, a casualty of the economy, and she had lost her Kaiser health coverage when in 2009 she thought she suffered a heart attack. She was rushed by ambulance to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek and spent the night for observation. She didn’t have a heart attack after all, but still got a $49,000 hospital bill. “I just flipped,” said Visintini, now 71 and living in a Pittsburg senior apartment. “I could’ve bought a Mercedes for that.”

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Town hall set in Santa Ana on health insurance
Orange County Register

Assemblyman Jose Solorio will host a free town hall focusing on health insurance, and state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones will speak. It takes place Friday, April 13 from noon-1:30 p.m., and free lunch is included. The event takes place at Santa Ana Senior Community Center, 424 W. 3rd St. Free parking is available in the structure on Birch Street near 3rd. Topics include healthcare reform, Medicare and long-term care insurance.

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‘Rural’ reimbursement drives good physicians away
The Californian - Salinas

Another one of my doctors has left private practice in Salinas. Health care reform should correct the Medicare inequities suffered in seven California counties by doctors, particularly primary-care physicians, because of a rural classification.

Doctors are struggling to stay solvent after spending extensive time and money to acquire a medical degree and set up a practice in California.

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Medical costs must drop — let’s start now
Vallejo Times-Herald

President Barack Obama’s health care reforms offer Americans the best chance to start getting a handle on out-of-control medical costs. If you don’t believe the president, then ask the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. The GAO reported last week that health care costs will go up considerably if the Supreme Court, as expected, rejects the reforms.

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Medicare Announces 27 ACOs. A New Species?
The Health Care Blog

I’m surprised and intrigued by Medicare’s announcement of 27 new Shared Savings model ACOs. Surprised I had been anticipating this announcement as a defining moment for Medicare’s thrust into accountable care. My expectations had been that we would see either: Boom — a big splash of new Medicare shared savings ACOs announced, including big name hospitals and medical groups that were starting large scale ACOs, perhaps with hundreds of thousands of patients.

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