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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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Obama Pushes for Health Reform Passage Before Summer Recess

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2009

In his first full workday back at the White House after traveling last week, healthcare reform legislation was very much on the mind of President Barack Obama. Meeting later in the day with key congressional leaders, he is pushing to get legislation passed in each chamber before Congress recesses for the summer.

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3.5 Million New Healthcare Jobs Expected by 2016

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2009

Healthcare will remain the largest source of job growth in the coming years, with 3.5 million new jobs across the sector expected by 2016, and perhaps even more jobs coming if universal health insurance is implemented, according to a new study.

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Sebelius: Michigan Partnership Could be National Model for Health Reform

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2009

The infection control partnership between Johns Hopkins University and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association is getting praise from federal officials, who are calling the program a "success story" and a national model for healthcare reform.

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Obama's Surgeon General Pick Says U.S. Cannot Continue on Current Healthcare Path

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2009

Regina Benjamin, MD, a physician who practices family medicine at her clinic in the small town of Bayou La Batre, AL, was nominated yesterday by President Barack Obama as U.S. surgeon general. In her opening remarks at the White House Rose Garden, Benjamin, 52, reflected on her desire—if confirmed as the surgeon general—to "work toward a solution" to the healthcare crisis.

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Direct Medical Home Offers Healthcare Without Insurers

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2009

An insurance-free primary care "direct medical home" that requires patients to pay low monthly fees, but gives them 24/7 access and cheaper healthcare costs has the potential to save hundreds of billions of dollars if it's included in the national healthcare reform model, one advocate says.

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Healthcare Costs for Overweight and Obese Patients Grow

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2009

Healthcare payers spent a lot more per person to treat those who were obese and overweight in 2006 than they paid in 2001.

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CMS Revises Survey Guidance for Quality of Life F-tags

By: MacKenzie Kimball , for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2009

CMS recently released new guidance for nursing home surveyors regarding 11 F-tags, many of which focus on the quality of life provided to nursing home residents.

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What You Can Learn From 31 RAC Attacks

By: Michelle Ponte, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2009

With so much noise about how to prepare for a RAC audit, maybe its best to go directly to the source for your intel: hospitals that have suffered a RAC attack.

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SAW Program Builds Employees' Confidence for College

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2009

The "School at Work" program wasn't designed specifically for hospitals, it just seems that way. It's hard to imagine a better environment for the program to flourish.

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