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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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Obama Pushes for Reform, Trumpets Consensus Points

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

With stories swirling around Washington that healthcare reform legislation is being pushed back to the fall, President Obama used an afternoon speech at the White House today to bash reform opponents.

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Consumers Fear Universal Coverage Could Cause Healthcare Access Bottleneck

By: John Commins, July 21, 2009

Universal health insurance will not ensure equal access to care because the healthcare system will be swamped with new patients, according to a new study of 1,000 Americans.

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Conservative Democrats Give Obama 10 Healthcare Reform Demands

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

The House Energy and Commerce Committee—the only panel that has not completed mark-up of the House Tri-Committee healthcare reform bill (H.R. 3200)—cancelled Tuesday's session while members, including seven self-described fiscally conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats, paid a visit down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. The committee, which has faced heated debate in recent days over the reform legislation, ended up cancelling Wednesday's session as well as it works out rough spots in getting legislation passed.

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Safety-net Health Plans Support Health Reform Bill

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

A day after America's Health Insurance Plans launched its health reform television campaign, another group of health plans, the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, announced its support today of a healthcare reform bill that was approved by two House committees last week.

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AMA Ranks Payers' Claims Processes, Which are Often a 'Murky Mess'

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

In hopes that it may lead to reduced payment hassles and could save doctors time and money, the American Medical Association yesterday scored seven large health plans plus Medicare in their promptness and accuracy for paying claims. The survey found a wide variation in practices among the payers, with each using a different set of rules, different timelines, and confusing and inconsistent processes.

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New Accreditation Decision for Joint Commission in 2010

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, July 21, 2009

A new accreditation decision will be added for hospitals in 2010, The Joint Commission reports. This new decision, "Medicare Condition-Level Deficiency Follow-Up Survey," will result when a facility is assessed with a condition-level deficiency in one or more Medicare Conditions of Participation.

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Cut Your Hospital's Energy Bills with These Award-Winning Ideas

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, July 21, 2009

It may seem that going green is an effort bound to take a hit during this recession, but there are financial benefits to becoming more environmentally friendly.

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"Meaningful Use" Goals Still Out of Reach

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, July 21, 2009

For many providers—especially rural community hospitals and solo or small group practices—the objectives for meaningful use are still out of reach.

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U.S. Company to Implement Health IT Systems in China

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, July 21, 2009

A partnership between a U.S. information technology services company and the Chinese government has the potential to play a big role in China's goal to revamp its national healthcare system, proponents say.

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