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Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Healthcare Thought Leaders React to Obama's News Conference

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, July 23, 2009

During a prime-time news conference focused on healthcare reform Wednesday, President Obama spoke about the need to change the healthcare system while decreasing costs and not adding to the national debt. In response to the news conference, HealthLeaders Media reached out to a number of our trusted sources to ask them for comments about Obama's news conference and healthcare reform.

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How Much Charity Care Must Hospitals Give To Stay Tax-Exempt?

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 23, 2009

If Sen. Charles Grassley has his way, nonprofit hospitals will have to prove they spend at least 5% of expenses on charity care if they are to keep their tax-exempt status. But a review of what's happened in Maryland suggests such a rule would be unrealistic and largely inappropriate.

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Mayo Clinic, Other Healthcare Stakeholders Say Reform Should Mean Paying for Value

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 23, 2009

Mayo Clinic and more than a dozen co-signers took a more conciliatory tone in a statement issued on Wednesday than its previous letter about healthcare reform, but still underscores Mayo's continued concern: Reform legislation needs to include methods that reflect pay for value and quality—not quantity.

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Small Businesses Could Win Big in House Health Reform Bill

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 23, 2009

Small businesses—particularly those with 10 employees or fewer—stand to be the big winners if a public health insurance option like the one now before the House of Representatives becomes a reality, according to a new issue brief by the Economic Policy Institute. The study estimates that small businesses with 10 or fewer employees could save about $3,500 per worker annually under a public plan similar to the House Tri-Committee's proposal.

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Health Reform Could Mean More Fraud Enforcement--And More Fraud

By: Ben Amirault, for HealthLeaders Media, July 22, 2009

The Obama administration has made it clear that cracking down on healthcare fraud and abuse is a priority, and that increase in enforcement may be essential if more people are covered under a government system.

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Osteoporosis-Related Fractures Costing Healthcare System Billions Annually

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

As policymakers look to reduce healthcare costs, they might look closely at ways to prevent osteoporosis, the culprit that led to 1 million hospitalizations in 2006, 254,000 of which were because of fractures stemming from the gradual loss of bone, according to a new report.

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Nurse Salaries Remain on the Rise

By: Keri Mucci, for HealthLeaders Media, July 22, 2009

Nurse salaries are climbing considerably across the nation, according to recently released employer survey data.

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Suit Alleges NJ Insurer Intimidated ED Patients

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

The legal fisticuffs between Bayonne (NJ) Hospital Center and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey went to the second round today when for-profit BHC filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the Garden State's largest health insurer is using "egregious and unethical business practices" in a campaign to scare emergency patients away from the out-of-network hospital.

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Avoid RAC Technical Denials in Order to Protect Reimbursement

By: Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, July 22, 2009

RAC technical denials can have a large impact on a hospital's bottom line and many times they are completely avoidable.

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Marketing and Technology May Soon Play Bigger Roles in Health Insurance

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

In the near future, health insurers will need to create a platform that will allow insurers to promote products across various market segments.

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Louisiana Officials Tell Their Stories to Obama Cabinet

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

This week, five top Obama Administration officials conducted what many said was the first rural health tour of its kind.

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By the Numbers: Evidence Mounting of Increase Importance of Patient Experience, Healthcare Consumerism

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, July 22, 2009

A survey suggests that CEOs are rethinking the importance of improving the patient experience and other studies show that consumerism in healthcare might really be coming after all.

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