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Thursday, October 15, 2009


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Senate Panel Examines Repealing Insurers' Antitrust Exemption

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

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is pushing to repeal health insurance and medical malpractice insurance companies' antitrust exemption, which is part of the McCarran-Ferguson Act. As a co-sponsor of a bill (S. 1681) to repeal the 1945 law, Reid appeared as a witness at a hearing on the legislation before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.

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Infection Control Specialists: H1N1 Debate is Distracting From Effective Safeguards

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 15, 2009

New guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all healthcare workers who come in contact with patients suspected of having H1N1 wear N95 respirators is being met with dismay by providers who specialize in infection control.

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Communicating with Employees Can Ease H1N1 Fears, Curb Absenteeism

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, October 14, 2009

Although it may be perceived as a chore, there's a sizeable payoff to executives meeting with frontline clinicians now to assure them of their safety during an H1N1 swine flu outbreak.

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Doctors Sue California for Raiding Their Licensing Fees

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 15, 2009

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is illegally exacerbating an "imminent crisis in healthcare" because forced worker furloughs are delaying the state Medical Board's approval of applications from 7,200 new doctors, says a lawsuit filed by the California Medical Association.

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State of Emergency

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Magazine, October 8, 2009

The nation's emergency departments are feeling the effects of the economic downturn, but innovations in patient throughput and other strategies offer hope for a beleaguered system.

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FTC OKs Pfizer Takeover of Wyeth for Human Pharmaceuticals

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

In a settlement announced Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission said it has resolved its ongoing investigation of Pfizer's proposed $68 billion acquisition of Wyeth and concluded that the transaction does not raise anticompetitive concerns in any human health product markets. However, to "preserve competition in multiple American markets" for animal pharmaceuticals and vaccines, "significant divestitures" need to take place, the FTC said.

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Build Accountability in Your Revenue Cycle

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, October 14, 2009

Revenue cycle managers constantly search for the perfect benchmark information to compare their team's work with others, but don't search too hard.

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Healthways Pays $14.7M for HealthHonors

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 15, 2009

Healthways, Inc., the Nashville-based population health management company, announced Wednesday that it has purchased HealthHonors, a behavioral economic company based in Braintree, MA, for $14.7 million. "Just as Healthways has led the industry in applying behavior change science, now we will lead the market in offering scientifically based incentive programs," says Ben R. Leedle, Jr., Healthways' CEO.

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Health Insurance Cost Tipping Point Inches Closer

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, October 14, 2009

Though businesses are transferring more health costs onto employees, health insurers and employers have to be careful not to pass too many costs onto the consumer.

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Lost In Translation: The Need for Interpreter Certification

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

There is no uniform accreditation or certification process to guarantee the competence of language interpreters in healthcare settings. But that may soon change.

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How Experience Spurs Even Lazy, Passive Patients into Action

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, October 14, 2009

This week, I have a real-life example of why patient experience matters—perhaps even more than loyalty, location, quality, cost, or brand awareness.

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