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Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Senate Health Committee Approves Reform Bill Along Party Lines

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 16, 2009

In a 13-10 vote along party lines, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday became the first committee to approve a marked up healthcare reform bill. The bill, called the "Affordable Health Choices Act," is expected to be merged with the Senate Finance Committee's bill, which is not completed.

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If Health Reform is Approved, Many Federal and State Laws Will Need to Change

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 16, 2009

Across the nation, numerous state laws and regulations may need to be pre-empted or changed if a comprehensive health reform package, such as that proposed Tuesday by House Democrats, is to succeed. That's the bottom line in a report by Timothy Jost, professor of law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, VA, who looked at numerous federal and state laws as they relate to bringing concepts of a public plan, a health insurance exchange, and other strategies to make care delivery more efficient any closer to reality.

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Emergency Docs Say Sebelius is Wrong About ED

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 16, 2009

A statement yesterday from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seems innocuous enough: A lot of people seeking care in emergency departments are uninsured. But the nation's leading group of emergency physicians immediately took issue with her remarks, saying she's perpetuating a myth about hospital care and is missing a much bigger problem.

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Many Surgical Residents Say Current Duty Hour Restrictions Put Safety At Risk

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, July 15, 2009

A significant portion of surgical residents think the hours imposed on their work schedules inhibit their surgical education and puts patients' safety at risk, according to a new study.

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Poll Finds Many Nurses Believe Staff Shortages are Affecting Patient Care

By: Keri Mucci, for HealthLeaders Media, July 15, 2009

Nearly three-quarters of nurses who participated in an American Nurses Association online poll that drew almost 15,000 responses reported insufficient staffing at their workplace.

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Town in 'Forrest Gump' Thinks Regina Benjamin, MD, Will Bring Home Change

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

A look at Alabama and its small shrimp processing town, Bayou La Batre, might reveal some clues about what health issues President Obama's pick for the next U.S. Surgeon General will tackle first.

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Could a Health Plan Executive Actually Become Governor? Yes

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, July 15, 2009

The thought of a health insurer CEO as a viable political candidate would be laughable in other parts of the country. But, in Massachusetts, Charlie Baker has a real shot.

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Climbing the Mountain of Social Media Buy-In

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, July 15, 2009

Sometimes it feels like C-suite leaders are gurus sitting atop a mountain in the Himalayas. You climb and climb and climb to get to them, but once you arrive you're not sure what to ask them.

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