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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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Healthcare Reform Bill Includes Insurance Requirement, Exchanges, Greater Industry Oversight

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

The pace of healthcare reform appears to be moving quickly on Capitol Hill this week with release Tuesday afternoon of a 615-page draft from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Commission, chaired by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA). The bill, called the "Affordable Health Choices Act," will get its first hearing on Thursday afternoon. But between now and then, there's plenty to review in the bill.

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Infection Prevention Cuts May Be Costing Hospitals in Long Run

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

Faced with shrinking bottomlines, many hospitals have recently been paring back their infection prevention programs. However, these short-term solutions may be costing them more in terms of costly hospitalizations related to infections, according to a survey by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology released this week during its annual conference.

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Lessons for Hospitals in a Tight Economy

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, June 9, 2009

The days of endless outsourcing and frugal spending on the best software systems seem to be gone for now. Now, facilities are finding ways to stay in the black inside their own walls.

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Can We Get More Out of Physician Performance Measures?

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

Efforts to measure and improve physician performances nationwide have gained momentum, but more needs to be done to build on these efforts to improve quality care and to recognize those physicians who provide that care.

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Public Says Prevention Key Component of Healthcare Reform

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 10, 2009

America's aging and overweight public wants whatever healthcare reforms emerge in the coming months to invest in an ounce of prevention more than a pound of cure, according to a new poll that ranks disease prevention as the public's top healthcare priority. The poll of 1,014 registered voters, conducted last month by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that 70% of Americans gave investing in prevention between an eight and 10 on a scale of zero to 10, with 10 means very important.

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Quality of Care Often Depends on Race and Income

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

Two new federal reports highlight the extent to which health disparities exist across the country between racial and ethnic minorities and whites, as well as between the rich and the poor. "Minorities and low-income Americans are more likely to be sick and less likely to get the care they need," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who on Tuesday released one of the reports on health disparities in America.

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Joint Commission Releases Communication, Patient-centered Care Requirements for Review

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, June 10, 2009

In its ongoing effort to improve communication and quality of care, The Joint Commission released proposed requirements for field review in the areas of advancing effective communication, cultural competence, and patient-centered care. These proposed requirements will be open for comment for six weeks beginning this Monday.

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Technology Offers Real-Time Monitoring of Hand Washing

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, June 9, 2009

Knowing which staff members are more compliant with hand washing policies is challenging at best for supervisors and senior leaders. But a new device tries to help.

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Ghanaian Nurses Train in U.S. to Improve Childbirth Conditions

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, June 9, 2009

Three nurses from Ridge Hospital, based in Accra, Ghana, visited Forsyth Medical Center's Sara Lee Center for Women's Health in Winston-Salem, NC, to learn new ways to treat high risk, pregnant mothers.

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