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Hospital Bailout? It Could Happen
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

I was surrounded by thousands of healthcare executives this week as we attended the American College of Healthcare Executives' Annual Congress. I've been to dozens of these shows over the years. Most of the time, they're coincidentally held when nothing much of substance is coming out of Congress healthcare-wise, which is to say, most of the time. Not so this year. Not only did we witness from afar the most sweeping healthcare legislation passage since 1965, but we got to see it happen in real time.
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  March 26, 2010

 
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Health Reform Does Not Control Premiums, States Look to Fill Void
Strategically, it was probably not a good idea for Anthem Blue Cross to try to raise premiums for individual insurance policies in California by 39%. That act gave ammunition to those in Congress who want a government watchdog panel to have the power to reject such huge increases. Further, Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) bill shows that Congress is far from finished dealing legislatively with healthcare, despite the passage of the Senate reform bill into law earlier this week. [Read More]
Primary Care Docs Concerned About How to Care for 32 Million Newly Insured
It's already hard enough to find a primary care physician, and the new health reforms that provide 32 million Americans with health insurance aren't going to make it easier. Leaders of two primary care physicians' organizations say new practice techniques, technologies, efficiencies, and an emphasis on wellness and prevention will help mitigate many access issues in the coming years. [Read More]
Dallas-based Parkland Memorial Hospital failed inspection, then record was changed
Two months before a 2008 election in which Dallas County voters agreed to help fund a new $1.3 billion Parkland Memorial Hospital, a federal inspector found that patients were being operated on without proper consent and that it wasn't clear from records who was performing surgery: trainee-doctors or fully licensed surgeons, according to federal regulators. They warned Parkland that it risked losing Medicaid and Medicare payments for its mostly poor patients. But about a week before the election, regulators met with Parkland officials, received new information, and rewrote their findings to give Parkland the all-clear, says the newspaper. The meeting remained out of public view, and voters approved spending $747 million for the new hospital, the Dallas Morning News reports. This news doesn't necessarily mean a breach of ethics has been uncovered, but it's troubling, to say the least. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Kennedy's Dream Came True, But Healthcare Cost Troubles Remain
Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media - March 24, 2010
Key part of health law to be clarified
Wall Street Journal - March 25, 2010
Mount Sinai shows interest in St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan
New York Times - March 25, 2010
Provena Health strong enough to make tax payments for Urbana, IL, hospital
Chicago Tribune - March 25, 2010
California could take big hit from healthcare overhaul
Los Angeles Times - March 25, 2010
Emergency Rooms and Docs Brace Themselves For Newly Insured
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - March 25, 2010
Reconciliation Bill May Need Another House Vote
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - March 25, 2010
Sebelius Pushes for Medicare to Pay Based on Quality, Value
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - March 25, 2010

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