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Thursday, October 22, 2009


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Senate Turns Down Effort to Repeal Medicare Payment Formula

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

In a 53-47 vote on Wednesday afternoon, the Senate turned down efforts to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that is now used to establish annual Medicare physician payment updates. Forty Republicans and 13 Democrats voted against the motion.

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Health Reform Brings Hope Coupled with Pessimism

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2009

Two health leaders who spent years crafting health policies for the White House in the 1970s are hopeful that healthcare reform will insure more Americans, improve quality, and reduce costs, but they are also worried that reform will, in fact, do very little. Stuart Altman, PhD, professor of national health policy at Brandeis University's The Heller Graduate School for Social Policy and Management, and Jim Mongan, MD, CEO of Partners HealthCare in Boston, spoke at the Center for Connected Health's sixth annual symposium Wednesday.

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Facilities Accreditation Program Adopts NQF Safe Practices

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

Since The National Quality Forum released the 2009 Update of its Safe Practices for Better Healthcare, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program has adopted the 34 safe practices, which will now be implemented by all HFAP-accredited hospitals.

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Going Global: Health Officials Trumpet Moving Away from Fee-for-Service System

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2009

Five healthcare officials from varying parts of healthcare said a new global payment system would reward physicians for quality and care coordination, reduce over-utilization, and would pay for results rather than services. Speaking at the Center for Connected Health's sixth annual symposium Wednesday, Tom Lee, MD, network president at Partners HealthCare, said the health system should focus on improving value rather than bending the cost curve.

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Joint Commission Gains Role in Collecting Quality Data

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

An increasing number of organizations are focusing on quality data collection, said Stephanie Iorio, RN, CPHQ, CPC, during her presentation at the National Association for Healthcare Quality national conference in Grapevine, TX.

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Swine Flu Conditions Have Nurses' Union Ready to Strike

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, October 22, 2009

The California Nurses Association announced this week a potential one-day strike on October 30 because of hospitals' lack of protection against the swine flu for its members. The strike would involve more than 16,000 registered nurses at more than 30 hospitals, targeting the San Francisco-based Catholic West hospitals in California and Nevada.

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What are Health Plan Executives Thinking?

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, October 20, 2009

Health leaders spend most of their time in their own silos. One only needs to view the current health reform debate to show there are varying opinions on how best to proceed.

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Mistake-Proofing In Medicine, And In Refrigerators

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

"Mistake-proof" thinking is now on the minds of designers of healthcare systems, medical devices, and processes.

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HealthLeaders Media's 2009 Marketing Event Honors Healthcare Advertising Campaigns That Work

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, October 21, 2009

Healthcare advertising campaigns that set clear objectives, met or exceeded them, and showed positive ROI were honored at last week's HealthLeaders Media Marketing Experience event in Chicago.

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