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Monday, September 21, 2009

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Three Possible Changes to the Senate Finance Health Reform Bill

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

Fasten your seat belts: It's going to be a lively week with the Senate Finance Committee as it gears up Tuesday to consider 564 amendments to its healthcare reform bill. Here are three areas that could see changes as the Finance Committee marks up the bill.

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Baucus Bill Calls Attention to Long-Term Care Insurance

By: MacKenzie Kimball, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21, 2009

Many of the provisions outlined in Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus' healthcare plan, America's Healthy Futures Act, are attracting scorn from conservatives and left-wingers alike, but there are certain provisions that have gained positive attention and support from the long-term care industry.

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Feds Unsure About HIPAA Enforcement Practices

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, September 18, 2009

When will greater HIPAA enforcement affect your organization? And how regular will they be? The federal government is still working out those details.

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California Bill Guides Hospitals in Reporting Impaired Practitioners

By: Liz Jones, September 18, 2009

Hospitals will have a clear process for reporting physicians struggling with a substance abuse or mental health disorder once Governor Schwarzenegger signs California Senate Bill 820 into law.

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HHS Targets $650 Million to Improve Community Prevention, Wellness Efforts

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

The Department of Health and Human Services will spend $650 million in economic recovery stimulus money to encourage Americans to adopt more "healthful lifestyle habits." The funds will be used with a community prevention and wellness initiative to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, decrease obesity, and decrease smoking across the country.

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Medicare's HAC Policy May Not Save Much Money

By: Kristen Kohrt, for HealthLeaders Media, September 18, 2009

A new study shows Medicare's policy against paying for hospital-acquired conditions will only save $1.1 million to $2.7 million.

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Three Ways to Survive Cutthroat Competition in Healthcare

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 18, 2009

Cutthroat competition among providers isn't a challenge to building and maintaining a successful and thriving hospital. But that's likely to change.

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