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Nine Health Leaders Respond to Obama's Health Reform Speech

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, September 10, 2009

In an attempt to guide the healthcare debate that has veered off the tracks in recent weeks, President Barack Obama spoke to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday about a comprehensive health reform bill. The 45-minute speech was Obama's first in-depth national speech about healthcare reform after spending the past few months on the sidelines as Congress worked on multiple reform proposals. So, after finally hearing directly from the president, what do health leaders think? Here are thoughts from nine health leaders.

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California Pushes to Enact Strongest Anti-Rescission Law in the Nation

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

A bill that may become the strongest legislation in the nation to prevent health plans from dropping coverage to members who become ill passed the California Senate yesterday and may soon be headed for the governor's desk. The bill, called AB 2, is expected to receive Assembly approval in the next few days.

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Public Option Would Add $1 Trillion to Deficit

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

The long-term cost to the federal government of a healthcare reform bill that includes a public option health plan would add $1 trillion to the deficit between 2020 and 2030 because healthcare costs would outpace revenues, according to new estimates by The Lewin Group.

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Older Americans Concerned There Aren't Enough Physicians, Nurses for Future Healthcare Needs

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

More than half of individuals age 50 or older who were questioned in a new survey conducted a few days ago by AARP, the American Medical Association, and the American Nurses Association do not think enough physicians or nurses will be available to support their healthcare needs in the future.

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New Nursing Programs Geared Toward Preparing and Retaining Nurses

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, September 10, 2009

Studies show that up to 60% of new nurse graduates leave their first job within their first year, and many hospitals are focusing on ways to help new nurses through the difficult transition from nursing school to novice nurse to competent, confident practitioner. Rapid City (SD) Regional Hospital is one such facility looking to help its new grads succeed and remain with the organization.

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Developing a Disaster Plan for Your Skilled Nursing Facility

By: MacKenzie Kimball, for HealthLeaders Media, September 10, 2009

Skilled nursing facilities should always have a comprehensive and up-to-date disaster plan in place and, with hurricane season in full swing and winter just around the corner, now is a good time for facilities to revisit their plans and ensure staff members are prepared for all potential emergency situations.

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Indiana Program Shows Health Reform Without Individual Mandate is Costly

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2009

Healthy Indiana Plan, a health reform program, experienced initial problems with anti-selection, which caused health costs to spike in the first months of the program. Federal policymakers can learn from Indiana's program.

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We Need to Learn What Works for Health

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

As Congress reassembles and the health reform debate heats up anew, a lot of what is under discussion has to do with correcting a system of unfairness.

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Employee Engagement, Participation Help Spread the Flu Shot Message

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2009

With the threat of H1N1, hospitals are working hard to communicate to their internal audiences the importance of getting a flu shot.

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