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Monday, November 23, 2009

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Senate Democrats are Split on Reform Legislation

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

When the Senate reform bill was released the middle of last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) maintained that he had the 60 votes needed to proceed with the healthcare debate in the Senate. But can he guarantee that those votes will still be there when the Senate floor debate concludes—presumably by late December?

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Five Senators Who Will Influence the Health Reform Debate

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

Senate Democrats got a boost on Saturday night with the 60-39 vote to put the new healthcare reform bill into play on the Senate floor following Thanksgiving break. Here are five senators who likely will be influencing the legislation beginning Nov. 30.

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Down Economy Doesn't Stall Physician Recruitment

By: Karen M. Cheung, November 20, 2009

Despite the current economic downturn, hospital CEOs are actively recruiting physicians to their organizations, according to a new study. More than half of hospital CEOs plan to increase recruitment efforts of physicians.

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Patient Satisfaction Increasing at Hospitals Nationwide

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, November 20, 2009

Patients were more satisfied with their care at inpatient facilities than during any of the previous six years, according to a new report from Press Ganey Associates, Inc. The survey also found that patients were more likely to recommend a facility at which they'd received care to family and friends.

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CDC Warns About High Prevalence Areas of Diabetes, Obesity

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

Just before America prepares to for its most ceremonial meal, the federal government's disease agency released two maps showing rates for diabetes and, for the first time, rates for obesity on a county-by-county basis. The maps show wide areas of the Southeast, Appalachia, and some tribal lands in the West and in the Northern Plains have the highest rates of diabetes and obesity.

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Joint Commission Releases Top Cited Standards for First Half of 2009

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, November 20, 2009

The Joint Commission has officially announced the most-cited standards for the first half of 2009 and Life Safety standards top the list, including maintaining means of egress and building and fire protection features. Three of the top 10 most-cited standards (and the two most-cited) fell under the Life Safety chapter.

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What's the Truth About Your Hospital's Financial Health?

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, November 20, 2009

Two respected organizations have come out with a survey and a study that seem diametrically opposed to each other's conclusions.

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