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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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ED Wait Times Touted Online, But Docs Point to a Dangerous Trend

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 22, 2009

Advertising your hospital's ED wait times and the number of patients in line is an emerging marketing strategy around the country as facilities search for ways to grab market share from their competitors and make sure their patients have the best possible experience. But emergency physicians are not so sure the idea is medically sound.

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Is the Public Insurance Option Gone for Good?

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

When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid finally released his manager's amendment on Saturday, noticeably missing was the state opt-in public insurance option that had been included in the original Senate healthcare reform bill last month. Though not part of the Senate plan, a public option is still found in the House reform bill that was passed Nov. 7. The question is: Will it remain after the conference committee?

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Seven Weird Healthcare Stories of 2009

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

Healthcare is a huge profession, with millions of medical professionals serving hundreds of millions of people in every state, 24/7. So it should not be surprising if a few weird stories pop up now and again. In an effort to tap into a rich vein, HealthLeaders Media has cobbled together a list of some of the weirdest stories in the healthcare realm for 2009.

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Top 10 Articles from HealthLeaders Media in 2009

By: HealthLeaders Media, December 22, 2009

This year has been an eventful one for healthcare as the nation's attention has focused on the problems with the current system and possible ways to improve quality of care, lower costs, and insure more Americans. Here are our top 10 articles of 2009.

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Hundreds of Cancer Programs Seek New Breast Center Accreditation

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 21, 2009

Many hospital and freestanding breast disease programs around the country are scurrying to qualify for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a new survey validation that began Jan. 1. So far, says David P. Winchester, MD, chairman of the program's board, only 125 hospitals nationally in 30 states have been accredited, but another 150 are in the last stages of the application process. About 1,200 have sent inquiries.

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Donors Shift Giving Patterns in Rough Economy

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 21, 2009

Businesses and individual donors hit hard by the recession have shifted charitable giving patterns to longer-term pledges and gift commitments rather than ceasing to give altogether, according to a study released today by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. The fourth annual AHP study of benchmarking data and philanthropic fundraising techniques found that the most successful philanthropic programs emphasize building relationships and cultivating major gift donors.

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HHS Offers $60M Grants for Strategic Health IT Projects

By: John Commins, December 21, 2009

HHS is providing $60 million in grants for researchers to develop so-called Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects to target "breakthrough advances" that overcome barriers to the adoption and meaningful use of health IT. "The SHARP program will bring together some of the best and brightest minds in the nation to find breakthrough solutions and innovations that will eliminate barriers to adoption and, over time, increase the meaningful use of health IT to improve the health and care of all Americans," said David Blumenthal, MD, HHS' National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

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