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Friday, September 18, 2009

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Where Would the Baucus Bill's $774 Billion Go?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 18, 2009

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the gross total of the Baucus bill presented this week would be $774 billion over a 10-year period. What would that money fund?

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Most Americans Don't Believe Health Reform Will Pass This Year

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 18, 2009

Fifty-four percent of U.S. adults don't believe healthcare reform will pass this year, compared to 41% who do, according to a national telephone survey commissioned by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.

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Businesses Not Interested in Absorbing Costs for Healthcare Reform

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2009

Nearly nine-of-10 human resources and benefits executives at several hundred midsized and larger companies say their bottom line won't absorb any additional costs that may result from healthcare reform, according to a new survey.

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Many Children in CHIP Receive Little or No Care

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 18, 2009

Nearly one-third of children enrolled in the federal Children's Health Insurance Program receive no or very little care, while 72% of the program's spending is concentrated on 10% of children with chronic conditions.

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Providers Seek Information on Medicaid Integrity Contractors

By: Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2009

At this point, thanks to a three-year demonstration project and a plethora of available information available for providers, the healthcare industry generally knows what providers are up against in terms of RAC audits. Not that they'll be easy to handle, but there's a lot of information out there for providers to help them manage the process.

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Patient Safety First Campaign Focuses Staff, Patients on Common Goal

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2009

Keeping the many new patient safety topics and initiatives fresh in the minds of frontline caregivers can be a challenge. To make sure staff members were thinking about a new aspect of safe patient care, Abington (PA) Memorial Hospital started "Patient Safety First."

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45,000 Deaths Annually Linked to Lack of Health Coverage

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

In the ongoing healthcare reform debate, one issue seems to hover over the discussion: Is the inability to obtain health insurance associated with a higher probability of death?

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72% of Physicians Support a Public Option

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2009

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about the divisions between physicians on healthcare reform. Turns out, the split between physicians isn't as close to the middle as I initially thought.

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