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Thursday, September 17, 2009

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Baucus' Reform Bill Likely To Face Challenges Next Week

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

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released on Wednesday the panel's healthcare reform bill, called America's Healthy Future Act, that was hammered out with an eye toward bipartisan support. But if its release is any indication, this Chairman's Mark will be facing an uphill battle when hearings begin next week.

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Five Health Leaders Respond to Baucus Bill

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2009

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) released the highly anticipated Senate Finance Committee bill on Wednesday, which has reignited the healthcare reform debate. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the plan would cost $856 billion over 10 years. What do health leaders think of the bill? Here are comments from five leaders.

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Community Hospitals May Provide Higher Quality, Value

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

Some of the highest value hospital care actually may be provided by nearby community-based hospitals, according to the 2009-2010 Hospital Value Index that ranks hospitals by an analysis using publically available data on quality, affordability, efficiency, and patient satisfaction performance data.

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Web Tool Allows Providers to Identify Drug Shoppers

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2009

California has unveiled a Web-based tool to track use of dangerous drugs so that any doctor, pharmacist, midwife or registered nurse can instantly determine whether writing or filling another prescription for a patient would perpetuate addictive abuse. The database, called CURES (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System), was announced by Attorney General Jerry Brown, in an effort to stop trafficking and abuse of Schedule II, III, and IV drugs.

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Inspector General Criticizes Three States For Improper Medicaid Claims

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

The Office of Inspector General has issued lengthy audit reports for Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Texas documenting the extent to which each state's agencies sent in claims for more reimbursement than they could justify.

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New Collaborative Promotes Patient-centered Care, Accountability

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

Six national organizations representing thousands of healthcare professionals nationwide have joined together to create the Hospital Care Collaborative to examine pressing needs and outcomes related to hospitalized care.

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Real-World Bundling

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Magazine, September 10, 2009

Shared responsibility for outcomes should cut costs and boost market share.

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Surveyed Physicians Favor Mix of Public Option/Private Insurance Coverage

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

It's important for people, especially politicians, to know what the typical provider on the frontlines of medicine thinks about the current healthcare debate, and the public option.

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LifeMasters' Bankruptcy: Isolated Case or Part of Trend?

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2009

What can the population health management industry learn from LifeMasters Supported SelfCare's bankruptcy filing this week?

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In the Future, It's All About the Patient's Experience

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, September 16, 2009

In the future, it's all about the patient and how he or she experiences the healthcare system. But it will require a serious shift in attitude about "The Way We Do Things."

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