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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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Senate Finance Reform Bill Approved

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

In a 14-9 vote, the Senate Finance Committee approved its 10-year, $829 billion healthcare reform measure Tuesday afternoon. As expected, the panel voted along party lines with only Sen. Olympia Snowe crossing over to join the Democrats for this vote.

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Three Areas of Debate When Reform Bill Reaches Senate Floor

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

One point that became clear with the Senate Finance Committee's vote Tuesday on the healthcare reform legislation was that this was just a short stop along a long path—and far more needs to be done as a reform proposal moves toward the Senate Floor.

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From the MGMA Conference: Five Strategies to Prepare for a New Healthcare System

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, October 14, 2009

Although many of the healthcare reform details are still up in the air, there are a few changes to the healthcare system found in all bills under consideration. Medical practices can and should start preparing early to strategically prepare for a transformed healthcare system, David Gans, vice president of innovation and research for the Medical Group Management Association, said at the MGMA's annual conference on Tuesday.

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Sleepy Surgeons Cause More Errors Than Well-Rested Docs

By: Cheryl Clark, October 14, 2009

Hospitals seeking to reduce their operative complication rates should make sure their attending surgeons get at least six hours of sleep between the time they last performed an operation. That's one of the conclusions from a study by a team at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston led by Jeffrey M. Rothschild, MD, of the Division of General Medicine.

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Care Team Architecture

By: Jim Molpus, for HealthLeaders Magazine, October 8, 2009

Creativity and flexibility count, sure. But underlying the successful care team design is a foundation of essential and lasting values.

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AHA RAC Program Update Answers Provider Questions

By: Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2009

Unless your hospital is so very unlucky to have been selected as one of the first for an audit, chances are you still have time to make a few necessary tweaks and run a few tests on your RAC processes to help ensure you're ready when RACs do begin auditing your facility.

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ED Docs Fret About H1N1 Strain on Resources

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

Nearly 90% of more than 1,000 emergency physicians say they have concerns about their emergency department's ability to care for an influx of H1N1 flu patients, according to a new Internet poll by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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More People Are Living With, Not Dying From, Hip Fractures

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 14, 2009

First, the good news. The percentage of the population suffering hip fractures has declined and fewer people are dying from them. Now, the bad news. Patients who do fracture their hip and live to tell about it are more likely to have more co-morbidities, such as heart failure, pulmonary disease, and diabetes.

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Physicians' View on North Shore's $400 Million EHR Investment

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, North Shore-LIJ Health System announced it is investing $400 million in electronic health records to connect providers in its community. So what do physicians think of the program?

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Why Nurses Are Rising Up Against a Shot in the Arm

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, October 13, 2009

As the campaign to inoculate America against the H1N1 virus started to ramp up last week, so did the controversy.

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