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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

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Senate Finance Committee Approves Sebelius Nomination

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

In a 15-8 vote, the Senate Finance Committee approved Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius' nomination Tuesday morning as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Her nomination now goes to the Senate for a full vote.

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Hospital Goes Green, Saves Green

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2009

Every day is Earth Day at Gundersen Lutheran. The La Crosse, WI-based health system has probably the most ambitious eco-friendly agenda of any healthcare entity in the United States, with a vow to reduce its net carbon emissions footprint to zero by 2014.

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HHS issues draft guidance on securing PHI

By: Dom Nicastro, April 21, 2009

HHS issued a proposal for security breach notification in a 20-page report that defines acceptable conditions for covered entities and business associates to encrypt or destroy their private patient data to secure protected health information and prevent a breach.

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Americans Are Delaying, Postponing Care, New Survey Shows

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2009

In what has been felt throughout many healthcare organizations in recent months has been confirmed in a new survey: approximately 20% of Americans say they have delayed or postponed medical care—particularly physician visits—because of related costs, according to a new survey of 12,000 people nationwide from Thomson Reuters' Center for Healthcare Improvement.

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Health Plans Must Adapt to Changes—or Perish

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, April 21, 2009

Health insurers will need to cut costs, increase efficiency, collaborate with providers, and change the way they pay physicians if they are going to thrive in the changing healthcare marketplace, according to a recent report.

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Mental Health Parity Law May Not Mean Greater Access to Care

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

Even with the passage last year of national mental health parity legislation, large gaps in access to mental healthcare services appear likely to remain—unless these issues are addressed in upcoming healthcare reform efforts, according to a new study.

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Medical Flight Safety Takes Center Stage in DC

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, April 22, 2009

This morning's scheduled Congressional hearing on medical helicopter services is the latest in a string of discussions this year centered on the safety of EMS flights and the well-being of patient passengers.

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