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Monday, October 19, 2009

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Obama Takes Aims at Insurance Industry’s Antitrust Exemption

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2009

In his weekly address on Saturday, President Obama aimed sharp criticism at the health insurance industry over recent actions related to health reform—and implied he may push for legislation now pending on Capitol Hill to dissolve the industry's 60-year-old antitrust exemption.

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From HealthLeaders Media '09: Five Ways to Build the Talent of the Future

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, October 16, 2009

Building the successful hospital of the future requires attracting the best physicians, nurses, and support staff, and creating a patient care environment that keeps them around. Panelists at HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now conference in Chicago offered five strategies for attracting the talent of the future.

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From HealthLeaders Media ’09: Never-ending Quality Improvement

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2009

In the ideal hospital of the future, quality improvement will be hardwired into the culture of the organization. Outcomes data will not only drive macro-level hospital changes, but also individual physician-patient interactions. Quality will extend beyond hospital walls into patient communities and include preventative health improvement and management, rather than only reactive treatment. But there is a long road to better outcomes and quality for many hospitals, and everyone from employers to physicians to members of Congress is trying to figure out how to fix the flaws in the current system and get more value from the healthcare dollar.

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Alegent CEO Wayne Sensor Resigns

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

Wayne Sensor, president and CEO of nonprofit Alegent Health, the largest integrated healthcare system in the Nebraska and Iowa region, has resigned, effective immediately.

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UPMC Will Close Struggling Hospital

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

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center announced that its money-losing UPMC Braddock community hospital will close because of declining inpatient volumes. Clinical operations at UPMC Braddock will begin shifting to other UPMC facilities next month.

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H1N1 Self-Assessment Designed to Guide Patients, Alleviate Stress on System

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2009

With cases (and fear) of H1N1 spreading across the country, the pandemic has the potential to overburden already stressed emergency rooms and doctors offices, but an interactive Web site is designed to advise patients based on the severity of their symptoms. Using an assessment tool licensed by Emory University, Microsoft's H1N1 Response Center aims to help consumers' determine whether or not their symptoms are consistent with the H1N1 virus and if they should seek medical help.

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Inspector General Says California Should Pay Back $45 Million for Unqualified Foster Homes

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2009

A federal agency Friday said California should be made to pay back $45.5 million for foster care because children were living with their relatives in homes that didn't meet health and safety requirements. The U.S. Health and Human Services Agency will make a final determination on whether California, which is trying to emerge from a $60 billion deficit over the last two years, will have to return the money, as the Office of Inspector General, Daniel R. Levinson, recommended.

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Secondhand Smoke Bans Improving Heart Health

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2009

Efforts to ban smoking in public places and eliminate secondhand smoke are making an impact in reducing heart disease among nonsmokers as well as smokers, a new study from the Institute of Medicine study finds.

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How to Lead a Hospital to Better Outcomes

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, October 16, 2009

During Jim Anderson's 13-year tenure as CEO of Cincinnati Children's Hospital, he's made his fair share of mistakes. But perhaps his greatest success was initially seen as a mistake by many in the hospital.

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