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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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Public Option Still Alive in Senate Discussions

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2009

On the Senate side, the closed-door healthcare reform negotiations by representatives from two committees—Finance and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions—remained for the most part uneventful on Monday. However, Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), in a reporter teleconference call, said earlier in the day that the public insurance option—which was not included in the Finance bill—"was alive" and they are "still looking at it," he said. "We're trying to see what makes the most sense."

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The Anti-Dartmouth: Study Says Spending More Results In Lower Mortality

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2009

The Dartmouth Atlas has become an Exhibit A of evidence that the system of providing healthcare in the U.S. is chaotic. It shows enormous variation in regional practice, Medicare spending, and utilization of healthcare resources in the last six months of life for 12 chronic illnesses, without any improvement in quality. But a new relatively low budget study by researchers at six teaching hospitals in California may have unveiled the Dartmouth study's Achilles' heel.

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Enormous Surgical Variation Found in California

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2009

Charts released by California state health planners Monday show enormous frequency variation in four surgical procedures in each of 58 counties, a finding sure to raise questions about regional appropriateness of care throughout the state. The charts were released for each of three years, 2005, 2006, and 2007, by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, the agency that collects and researches discharge data for nearly every hospital in the state.

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Small Providers May Not Have to Deal With Red Flags Rule

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2009

Congressmen filed a bill October 8 that would exempt a healthcare practice with 20 or fewer employees from the FTC's Red Flags Rule requirement.

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Week-Long Event Promotes Infection Prevention Departments

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2009

The worldwide healthcare community will be observing International Infection Prevention Week this week, spearheaded by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

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AG's Memorandum Takes Federal Heat Off Medical Marijuana

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2009

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder issued formal guidelines for federal law enforcement agencies across the nation, advising them to focus resources on "serious drug traffickers" and away from patients and their caregivers who are using marijuana in compliance with laws in 14 states authorizing the drug's use for medical purposes.

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Developing Systems of Care

By: October 20, 2009

Charlie Baker, former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim, discusses how the industry could be impacted by health reform.

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From HealthLeaders Media '09: Leadership During Disruptive Times

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

The HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now concluded in Chicago on Friday with a leadership luncheon that focused on healthcare finances and the uncertain future of reform.

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Bully Bosses Fueled By Insecurity

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 19, 2009

A study found that insecure bosses are more likely to project their self-perceived incompetence onto subordinates through abusive behavior and other undeserved punishment.

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