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Monday, January 11, 2010

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AHA Supports Reconciled Healthcare Reform Bill, But with Caveats

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, January 8, 2010

As Congress starts its work on reconciling the two healthcare reform bills, the American Hospital Association offered a list of reform provisions it supports and those about which the AHA has concerns. For instance, it "strongly supports" keeping the level of coverage proposed in the House bill—96% of all individuals legally residing in the U.S.

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Senate Bill Could Insure More People Than Earlier Estimates, Says CMS

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, January 11, 2010

Senate Democrats received some good news/bad news from two new studies issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" passed by the Senate on Dec. 24. First, a Jan. 8 memo from CMS Chief Actuary Richard Foster finds that an additional 34 million people would be covered by 2019 from proposed reforms in the Senate healthcare reform bill—up from the 31 million projected last month by the Congressional Budget Office. This increase is related to the net effect of several shifts, he said.

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House Reform Bill Would Decrease Uninsured by 24 Million: RAND Study

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 11, 2010

By 2019, 24 million fewer people would be uninsured if the House version of the health reform bill is retained in final legislation, and those still left out of coverage will be younger, healthier, and wealthier than if changes don't occur, according to a simulation model issued by the RAND Corp. "Our findings show that the policy changes in the House bill would extend health coverage to a substantial number of currently uninsured Americans," said Elizabeth A. McGlynn, co-leader of the RAND COMPARE project, an ongoing analysis of reform provisions and associate director.

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FDA Issues Four Wound Care Precautions

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 8, 2010

Hospitals and long-term care facilities should be on the lookout for serious complications and risk of death resulting from use of negative pressure wound therapy systems that can cause fatal bleeding and infections, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a Medwatch Safety Alert issued this week.

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Doctors, Not DMV, Should Lead Organ Donor Push, Says Study

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 8, 2010

Primary care physicians could increase Americans' willingness to become organ donors by educating their patients on the process during routine office visits and discussions about end-of-life care, according to a new study.

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Lawson Software to Acquire Healthvision Solutions for $160M

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 8, 2010

Lawson Software announced this week that it will acquire Healthvision Solutions, Inc., through the acquisition of privately held Quovadx Holdings, Inc., its parent holding company. The all-cash transaction of $160 million is subject to regulatory approvals and expected to close this month.

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Heartland Health CEO Talks Value

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, January 8, 2010

I recently talked with its Heartland Health's physician CEO, Mark Laney, MD, who is a believer in the Mayo model and is incorporating parts of it at Heartland.

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