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Friday, July 10, 2009

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Draft Bill Threatens Existence of Physician-Owned Hospitals

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2009

The American Hospital Association and other large hospital groups have made a "quid pro quo" deal with the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress to support healthcare reform in exchange for legislation that would prove "devastating" for physician-owned hospitals, the industry trade group Physician Hospitals of America claims.

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Sermo Wars with AMA Over CPT Codes

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2009

The partnership between the American Medical Association and Sermo, the online physician social-networking site, is now in tatters, with such nasty invective it now seems way past divorce.

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Emerging House Health Reform Bill Requires Fine Tuning

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 10, 2009

A House healthcare reform bill that appeared to be on a fast track this week for release by Friday hit a yellow flag Thursday night. In part, the Blue Dog Coalition—a group of 52 moderate to conservative Democrats—had called for changes in the legislation, saying that it lacked "a number of elements" to fix what was not working in the current healthcare system.

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New 30-Day Readmission Rates Listed at HHS Hospital Compare Website

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2009

Hospital readmission rates that occur within 30 days after discharge for Medicare patients with heart attacks, heart failure, or pneumonia are now available for viewing for the first time on the Hospital Compare Web site.

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Cost of Hospital Care for Obese Children Has Doubled

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 10, 2009

Americans, and specifically taxpayers, paid nearly double in costs of hospitalizing obese children between 1999 and 2005, with almost twice as many such children requiring hospital care, according to a new report. The authors don't know exactly why, since the prevalence of childhood obesity did not change. However, they speculate that physicians may be more frequently listing obesity as a primary or secondary reason for admission. Another possible reason is that children are becoming even more obese and for longer periods of time, giving disease processes much more time to cause damage.

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Hospital CPR Often Doesn't Work

By: Karen M. Cheung, July 10, 2009

If you were to have needed CPR, the best place you could be is in a hospital, right? Not exactly. A new study found that few people survive cardiac arrest after CPR, even in the hospital. Out of the nearly half of a million (433,985) studied patients who underwent in-hospital CPR, less than one-fifth of them (18%) survived long enough to be discharged, according to the study.

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Medicare Redistribution is a Step in the Right Direction

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2009

The reimbursement redistribution from specialists to primary care physicians that has been a long time coming may have begun last week.

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Should We Include Palliative Care in the Reform Debate?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 9, 2009

In the great debate about cutting costs through health reform, maybe it's time to consider how to do it through palliative care.

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