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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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Health Leaders Voice Their Opinions About House Health Reform Bill

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

The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which includes top leadership shepherding the tri-committee healthcare reform bill (HR 3200) through the House, received feedback on the bill from several provider groups and other healthcare experts during a healthcare reform forum Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

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Hospitals Could Suffer From Public Plan

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

The financial impact of a public plan on private insurance premiums depends in large part on how many currently insured enrollees are allowed to migrate to a government exchange, according to a report. On the plus side, the rapid increase of uninsured people in a government-run plan, with no enrollment of those who currently have private insurance, would be a big win for hospitals that now must pay costs of caring for the uninsured from other funding sources.

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Confront, Correct, Counsel Disruptive Physicians

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

Disruptive behavior can be caused by many factors, internal and external. How should you respond to a disruptive physician?

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AHIP Study: Medicare Advantage Provides Better Care Than FFS Medicare

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2009

America's Health Insurance Plans says its analysis of data gleaned from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage programs in California and Nevada spent fewer days in the hospital, had fewer hospital re-admissions, and were less likely to have potentially avoidable admissions for common conditions like uncontrolled diabetes and dehydration when compared with seniors enrolled in traditional fee-for-service Medicare.

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Explore Chaplain Roles in Your Disaster Plans

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2009

Most hospitals either have chaplains on staff or relationships with local houses of worship to bring spiritual leaders in for everyday patient counseling. Beyond a chaplain's typical duties, however, it is important to remember what roles these people might play in your emergency operations plan.

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Not All Nurses Support Super Union

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2009

As the three major nurses' organizations in the country came together earlier this month to form the largest registered nurses union and professional association in the U.S., some resistance still remains from Massachusetts nurses' unions. So far only one of the three organizations has voted unanimously to endorse and join the proposed "super union."

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The Art of Balancing Risk

By: September 10, 2009

Hit with huge investment losses, some hospitals are steering clear of riskier, less liquid transactions.

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Measuring the Effectiveness of Imaging Tests Not Clear Cut

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2009

Measuring the effectiveness of imaging tests and determining when tests are appropriate is not as clear cut as one may think.

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Academic Centers Push to Improve Global Health

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2009

A new Boston University program reflects a trend at universities across the country as they expand research and career training in global health.

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