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Monday, June 15, 2009

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If the AMA Opposes Public Option, What Does it Support?

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

Sen. Chris Dodd, chairing the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on its healthcare reform bill, aimed his questions at the American Medical Association after a New York Times story noted that the AMA opposes a public insurance option.

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Healthcare CEOs Offer Quality-Driven Payment Model

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2009

A group of healthcare CEOs, meeting near the Capitol on Friday, urged Congress to move ahead with reform plans to improve patient access to care, reduce cost growth, and enhance quality. The group, called Health CEOs for Health Reform, issued a white paper that focused on creating a new payment system that they said would reward high-quality care while discouraging fragmented low-value care.

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Kennedy's Healthcare Reform Bill Includes Additional Long-term Care Options

By: MacKenzie Kimball , for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2009

In his health reform legislation, which is called the Affordable Health Choices Act, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), included a provision for long-term care that would provide more healthcare options for elderly and disabled individuals who wish to remain in their homes. The 615-page bill that was filed last week also aims to reduce healthcare costs, make health insurance more affordable, and improve access to quality care.

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Providers Could Feel Pain from Obama's Proposed Cost Reductions

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2009

In talking to the nation about reforming the healthcare system on Saturday, President Barack Obama cited several more areas where costs could be cut—which is likely to draw unpleasant responses from healthcare providers. These saving proposals, according to the president, will contribute an additional $313 billion over the next decade to pay for healthcare reform efforts—bringing the total offsets put forward by the administration to nearly $950 billion over 10 years.

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Bundling By Decree

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Magazine, June 11, 2009

Can an industry addicted to payment for procedure survive episodic care? Geisinger has.

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Four HIPAA and HITECH Topics to Tackle Now

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, June 15, 2009

HHS hasn't released any significant news around HIPAA regulations since its draft guidance on unsecure protected health information April 17, but that does not mean it is time to sit idle. Major regulations surrounding breach notifications on PHRs by the Federal Trade Commission and unsecure PHI by the Department of Health and Human Services are due in August.

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Fertility, In Vitro Treatments Becoming More Common and Costly to Healthcare

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

The number of fertility or in vitro treatments continues to rapidly increase, and half of the 54,656 infants born in 2006 as a result were twins, triplets, or higher multiples. And it's getting increasingly expensive for all healthcare payers.

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Mystery Shoppers Add Emphasis to Infection Control

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, June 12, 2009

Hospitals take are monitoring infection control through "mystery shoppers" who secretly note the behavior of employees.The advantage of mystery shoppers, at least in the infection control world, is that they capture typical compliance rather than reactionary conduct.

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If Congress Can't Stand the Heat, Could MedPAC?

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, June 12, 2009

Call it an admission that Congress simply can't control the purse strings. That's the undertone of President Obama's letter proposing that MedPAC be empowered to determine Medicare reimbursement.

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