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Monday, November 16, 2009


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CMS Report: House Reform Bill May Not Bend Healthcare Cost Curve

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

House Republicans, frozen out of the healthcare reform debate in many areas this year, jumped on the opportunity this past weekend to criticize Democrats through a new analysis of the House reform bill (HR 3962) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Office of the Actuary. The analysis, by Chief Actuary William Foster, said that the bill may not bend the healthcare cost curve.

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CCHIT Chair Announces Retirement

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

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology announced that Mark Leavitt, MD, PhD, is retiring from his chair of the commission position on March 31, 2010.

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Researchers Studying Whether New Medicare Rule Will Reduce In-hospital Falls

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

The National Institutes of Health has given researchers at the University of Florida $1.6 million to determine if a new Medicare rule eliminating payment for the cost of treating in-hospital falls will lower the rate of falls among hospital patients.

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Quality Forum Releases Health IT Data Framework

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

The National Quality Forum has released the Quality Data Set, a common technological framework to assist in defining clinical data used in measuring performance and evaluating improvement in patients' quality of care. The QDS framework will provide a standardized set of data that should be captured in patients' electronic health records and is applicable to all care settings a patient is likely to use in his or her lifetime.

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Carving Out a New CEO Model

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Magazine, November 12, 2009

Responding to heightened scrutiny and reimbursement cuts, healthcare CEOs are becoming increasingly interactive with a growing list of constituents.

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Maternity Ad Campaign Gets Patients to Shop for Quality

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

"Which Sacramento area hospitals have the lowest C-section rates?" At one, it's 1 in 5. At another, it's 1 in 12. "Which is which?" That was one of many advertisements in a recent campaign launched by the nonprofit California Healthcare Foundation in an effort to test ways of getting more consumers to ask critical quality questions about their hospital providers. In that way, providers themselves will know they are being compared and will be even more incentivized to improve their image in the public eye.

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Chiropractic Care Could Reduce Health Costs, Says Report

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, November 13, 2009

Health insurers and employers may see chiropractic services as a nice addition on members' health plans, but a recent study suggests chiropractic care is also a way to reduce health costs and improve the value of health plans.

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Swine Flu Vaccine Offers Lessons in Leadership

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, November 13, 2009

Recent controversy about the safety of the H1N1 or "swine" flu vaccine has spread to people you'd think would know better, such as healthcare workers.

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