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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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Red Tape Snarls Billions of Healthcare Dollars

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

Reducing administrative red tape by just 10% could remove as much as $500 billion annually from the nation's healthcare costs, a report released today estimates.

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Governors Agree to Advance Healthcare Reform Initiative in States

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 21, 2009

As his first act as the new chairman of the National Governors Association, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas (R) announced his inaugural initiative Monday: to focus on the need for healthcare reform to reduce costs, promote quality care, and provide coverage for those without insurance.

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Individual Insurance Market Falls Short for Families

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 21, 2009

During the past three years, nearly three fourths of individuals who tried to buy coverage in the individual insurance market never purchased a plan—because they could not find a plan that meets their needs, could not afford coverage, or were turned down because of a pre-existing condition, according to a new study from The Commonwealth Fund.

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Duke-Durham Partnership: Informatics Improves Health

By: Cynthia Johnson, July 20, 2009

Medical informatics is playing a significant role in a unique, newly-launched partnership between Durham-based Duke University and the Durham, NC, community.

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Health Reform Bill Features Healthcare-Associated Infections Database

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, July 21, 2009

Debate continues surrounding the healthcare legislation that is currently being pored over by members of Congress. However, one part of the healthcare reform that has not been a sticking point, but is important in the world of patient safety, is the requirement of a national reporting system for healthcare-associated infections.

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HHS Will Release $350 million in H1N1 Preparedness Grants

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2009

Congress recently authorized the Department of Health and Human Services to release $350 million in preparedness grants to help public health officials and healthcare systems with their H1N1 flu preparedness efforts.

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How do You Get Medical Staff Buy-in? Listen

By: Emily Berry, July 20, 2009

As wonderful as your hospital's leadership may be, it alone cannot implement facility-wide change. Often times, it needs the help of the organized medical staff. The key is finding the right technique to achieve your medical staff's buy-in.

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Forget Reform, Stay Focused on the Short-Term

By: Michelle Ponte, for HealthLeaders Media, July 20, 2009

There are numerous issues more likely to affect hospital profitability in the near-term than a reform bill, such as Medicare inpatient payment rate updates and the decline in hospital credit ratings.

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EFCA Still Potent for Organized Labor

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

There's word that the most contentious provision of the Employee Free Choice Act that would have made organizing workers far, far easier will be whittled from the bill.

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