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Monday, August 17, 2009

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Four Lessons: Grand Junction Stands Out in the Healthcare Reform Debate

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 17, 2009

This past Saturday, President Obama stopped in to talk about healthcare reform at a town meeting in Grand Junction, CO, a community of 120,000 people on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, which is described as having "one of the lowest cost, highest quality healthcare systems in the country" in a new report.

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Senate Finance Expected to Kill House's End-of-Life Care Provision

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 14, 2009

When the Senate Finance Committee unveils its healthcare reform bill in several weeks, one idea that will most likely not be included is the much-debated end-of-life provision that is in the House bill.

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Bioethicists Counteract Three Healthcare Reform Myths

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 14, 2009

Bioethicists jumped into the healthcare reform fray this week by issuing three points that counteract three "myths" about healthcare reform.

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Miami Man Pleads Guilty in $123 million Medicare Fraud Scheme

By: August 17, 2009

The Miami operator of 11 shell corporations that billed Medicare for $123 million in bogus durable medical equipment claims has pleaded guilty to Medicare fraud in federal court. Reinaldo Guerra will be sentenced on Nov. 13.

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Expect Greater Focus on Safe Patient Handling from D.C.

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

CEOs should keep an eye on the regulatory horizon because several developments point to safe patient handling becoming an increasing focus of regulators.

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OCR Names HIPAA Privacy and Security Delegates

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

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) named the regional delegates for HIPAA privacy and security guidance and education. The Health Information for Economic and Clinical Health Act required the secretary of HHS to designate the regional coordinators by next week.

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Public Enemy No. 1: Health Insurers

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, August 14, 2009

Naming health insurers as the villain is politically expedient and appealing to an electorate that wants a simple answer to a complex problem. But look out hospitals, you might be next.

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