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Monday, March 22, 2010

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House Approves Health Reform, But More Work Remains

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, March 22, 2010

The House on Sunday night finally passed a historic healthcare reform measure that is expected to be signed by President Obama in a day or two. But approval of the bill is hardly the end of a year-long, hard-fought, and sometimes bruising process that took place on Capitol Hill.

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11 Health Leaders React to House Passing Health Reform

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 22, 2010

Lawmakers finally passed historic health reform legislation with a vote of 219 to 212, three votes more than they needed. Leaders will have to figure out how the government will implement and administer the numerous provisions over the coming months. And many key mandates of the new law won't take effect for years. But what do health leaders think of Sunday’s health reform vote? Here are the thoughts of 11 leaders.

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Detroit Medical Center Sale Raises Concerns About Charity Care

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 19, 2010

Detroit Medical Center, Michigan's largest charity care provider, signed a letter of intent to negotiate the eight-hospital system’s sale to private Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. The purchase price will include approximately $417 million to retire all outstanding DMC bonds and other long-term indebtedness, and also requires Vanguard to assume all DMC liabilities.

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Making Women's Health Work

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Magazine, March 8, 2010

Women's health is becoming more expansive and multidisciplinary, but there's no one-size-fits-all approach to success.

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New Joint Commission's Medical Staff Bylaws Standard Strikes Balance

By: Liz Jones, March 19, 2010

Medical staffs across the country have been waiting for more than three years for The Joint Commission to commit to standard MS.01.01.01 (formerly MS.1.20), and the day has finally come. Medical staffs in Joint Commission-accredited hospitals will need to comply with MS.01.01.01 as of March 31, 2011.

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Summa Health System Plans $65 Million Emergency Services Growth

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, March 22, 2010

In response to both increasing market share and population in its service area, Ohio-based Summa Health System has announced a $65 million plan to grow its comprehensive emergency services network.

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Some Hospitals Turn Profit by Shifting Medicare Losses to Commercial Payers, Says Study

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 22, 2010

Cities where health systems appear to offer high value at low cost based on Medicare ratings may actually be taking a loss, and shifting cost to private insurers and employers to maintain financial viability, according to a new National Business Group on Health study.

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NJ Hospital Will Pay $6.35M to Resolve Whistleblower Allegations

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 19, 2010

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton will pay $6.35 million to settle two whistleblower lawsuits alleging that the New Jersey hospital inflated outlier billings to Medicare, the Department of Justice announced.

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Hospitals Work on Processes, Elements of Change Management

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, March 19, 2010

Hospitals are sick and need our help. That is the message process improvement concepts like Lean and Six Sigma hope to address as they become more commonly used in healthcare.

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Where Have All the CEOs Gone?

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, March 19, 2010

The way things are going, hospital CEOs are turning over at a rate only seen in retail or, dare I say it, the fast food industry. That's not quite true, but it's really not that far off the mark. So what gives?

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