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Obama calls for healthcare reform in 2009
CNN.com, February 25, 2009
Tenet Healthcare narrows loss as hospital visits increase
Dallas Morning News, February 24, 2009
University of Chicago Medical Center emergency room plans come under new fire
Chicago Tribune, February 25, 2009
Cuts likely at Philadelphia-based Temple Health
Philadelphia Inquirer, February 25, 2009
Plan to break up hospitals alarms Prince George's County (MD) Council members
Washington Post, February 25, 2009

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Today's Sections

Federal Government
Obama calls for healthcare reform in 2009
CNN.com, February 25, 2009
Business
Tenet Healthcare narrows loss as hospital visits increase
Dallas Morning News, February 24, 2009

Cuts likely at Philadelphia-based Temple Health
Philadelphia Inquirer, February 25, 2009

Hospital admissions boost HMA earnings
Tampa Bay Business Journal, February 25, 2009

St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital starts kidney transplant service
Indianapolis Star, February 24, 2009
Physicians
University of Chicago Medical Center emergency room plans come under new fire
Chicago Tribune, February 25, 2009

Medtronic to disclose payments to doctors
Phoenix Business Journal, February 24, 2009

Surgeon awarded $1.6 million in sex bias suit against Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston Globe, February 25, 2009

Heart doctors: Rely on the evidence
USA Today, February 25, 2009
State/Local Government
Plan to break up hospitals alarms Prince George's County (MD) Council members
Washington Post, February 25, 2009

Broward County wants out of Florida Medicaid pilot
AP/Miami Herald, February 25, 2009

Iowa lawmakers ask whether nurses got intended pay
Des Moines Register, February 25, 2009

Study cites obstacles for poor in New York to renew health insurance
New York Times, February 25, 2009

Louisville, KY, looks to ease ER backlogs
AP/Cincinnati Enquirer, February 24, 2009
Hospital News
Hospital president named CEO of Massachusetts-based Partners HealthCare System Inc.
Boston Globe, February 25, 2009

Western Pennsylvania hospital closing skilled care units on July 1
AP/Philadelphia Inquirer, February 25, 2009

Mother says Kaiser wants proof she can care for octuplets
Los Angeles Times, February 25, 2009
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Industry Survey 2009: A Familiar Debate
Healthcare's Hatfields and McCoys are disagreeing again. Health plans/managed care and physicians have been fighting for the past few decades over payments, billing, and how best to provide quality care, and findings in our Industry Survey support this trend. Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Magazine
February 2009

Commentary: Evidence-Based Medicine and the Return of Harry & Louise
Evidence-based medicine will prompt the fiercest and most vitriolic debate on the role of government in medicine since the plug was pulled on the Clinton plan. In fact, the debate has already started. John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media
February 23, 2009

Audio: Industry Survey 2009: HealthLeaders Editor Round Table
HealthLeaders Media Editors react to the findings of the Industry Survey 2009. HealthLeaders Media
February 9, 2009

Contributed Feature: 10 Critical Actions to Minimize RAC Recoupment
After CMS announced the Recovery Audit Contractor expansion, most healthcare financial seminars have had sessions on the RAC program. The focus was generally on the RAC appeals, but interestingly, appeals of overpayment denials were so rare in the demonstration project that $992 million was recovered from hospitals in California, Florida, and New York. In RAC Expansion, however, PPS hospitals' first focus should be on preparation, not appeals. A vigorous appeals response is essential, but it is the last step. Bill Phillips, Stephen Forney, and Buddy Elmore, for HealthLeaders Media
February 23, 2009





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