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Wednesday, September 23, 2009


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Senate Finance Bill Changes Push Price Tag to $900 Billion

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

On the opening day of hearings on Tuesday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released modifications to his bill—addressing some of the criticisms that some part of his bill would unfairly impact some low- and middle-income individuals and families.

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Baucus Announces Physician Payment Changes

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

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said he will present changes to his healthcare reform proposal, including changes that deal with physician payment.

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Dell, Perot Merger Could Impact HIT

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

Dell's acquisition of information technology specialists Perot Systems in a transaction valued at $3.9 billion is a clear signal that the computer hardware giant plans to jump into the healthcare information technology sector with both feet. The acquisition is expected to make Dell—already a major computer hardware manufacturer—a key player on the software and interactive side for healthcare information technology sector, which is the subject of a $20 billion government-financed incentive program.

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ED Docs Renew Campaign for Respect, Resources in Health Reform

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

Congress, the White House, and the public still don't appreciate the essential need to strengthen rapid response expertise within hospitals, says a coalition of emergency room doctors who launched yet another campaign to set the record straight. "The national health reform debate is coming to a head," says Gordon Wheeler, spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians. "But despite the letters we've written and our own activities on the Hill, we keep hearing that if we just pass legislation to get more primary care physicians, and got everyone insured, people wouldn't need to go to the emergency room."

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Feds to Review Merger Guidelines

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

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice are considering an overhaul of the guidelines that both agencies have used for the past 17 years to evaluate the competitive effects of mergers and acquisitions.

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Dire Shortage Seen in Allied Health Professionals

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

California healthcare has put a big sign on itself that reads "Allied Health Workers Wanted Now." To be exact, it needs to train about one million more people by the year 2030 to take jobs in the allied health professions, which excludes physicians and nurses. That's more than 11 states currently have in their total workforces.

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Patient Death Reinforces Need for Surgical Fire Precautions

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, September 22, 2009

A patient's death following an operating room flash fire serves as a good reminder for surgical teams to review preventive measures. It is also proof that this particular type of fire will generate above-normal interest from the media.

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CMS Tells Insurers to Stop Health Reform-Related Mailings

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

CMS is demanding that Medicare-contracted health insurance and prescription drug plans stop sending "potentially misleading mailings" to beneficiaries about healthcare reform.

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The Technology to Order the Right Imaging Test the First Time

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, September 22, 2009

An alliance of providers, tech companies, and imaging organizations have joined forces to promote health IT-enabled decision support as a means to ensure patients are receiving appropriate imaging tests.

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Abu Dhabi Gives $150M to DC-based Children's National Medical Center

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, September 22, 2009

Children's National Medical Center announced it has received a $150 million gift from the Government of Abu Dhabi for the construction of the new Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

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