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Thursday, November 12, 2009

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AHA: Hospitals' Profits Plunge in 2008

By: John Commins and Les Masterson, November 11, 2009

The nation's 5,010 nonfederal community hospitals saw profits fall to $17 billion in recession-wracked 2008, thanks in large part to investment portfolio losses that accounted for $4.4 billion in red ink, according to the newly released 2010 AHA Hospital Statistics guide.

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Eight Ways That Could Contain Healthcare Costs

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 12, 2009

Where, exactly, will the $420 billion to $440 billion in health savings from Medicare suggested in the Senate and House proposals respectively, come from over the next 10 years? And how can the nation keep high U.S. healthcare spending from continuing its upward trajectory? The short answer, according to Elizabeth A. McGlynn and three research colleagues from RAND Health in Santa Monica, CA, is that those issues are not addressed in the current policy discussion in Congress.

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Three Amendments that Could Slow Down Senate Debate

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, November 12, 2009

Before the Senate adjourned earlier this week, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced plans that he would bring Senate's version of healthcare reform legislation to the floor next week. Time will be short as the Senate attempts to unveil the bill and aim for passage and eventually reconciliation with the House bill. But any fast actions on the bill may likely run into legislative amendments introduced from the floor that may slow the process down. Here's a look at three of the amendments.

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RAC vs. CERT Audits: Do You Know the Difference?

By: Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2009

The Comprehensive Error Rate Testing Hospital Payment Monitoring Program is one of the ways CMS is trying to improve the quality and accuracy of Medicare claim submission and payment of those claims. Is that so different from what the RAC program is designed to do.

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Cancer Center Becomes Michigan's First Green Certified Facility

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2009

The U.S. Green Building Council recently awarded Spectrum Health's Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion LEED gold certification, making it the first healthcare facility in Michigan to achieve this status. Lemon-Holton, which opened in June 2008, received the certification because of its energy conservation, lighting, water, and material use.

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Three Health Reform Ideas That Will Stay, Three That Will Go

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2009

Here is my prediction for three health reform ideas that will stay and three that will go.

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Tell Your Trustees Real Stories of Patient Harm

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2009

The Harvard report released this week that showed that half of 722 sampled hospital boards don't see clinical quality as a top priority wasn't much of a surprise.

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Lies, Damn Lies, and Swine Flu Marketing Claims

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, November 11, 2009

It's hard not to notice the number of products making claims that they can help ward off the flu.

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