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Friday, April 24, 2009

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General Hospitals Adapt to Specialty Competition

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 24, 2009

Although specialty hospitals have reportedly skimmed profitable patients, general hospitals have not cut back on their care to low-income patients, which is threatening general hospitals' ability to subsidize their care to the poor, according to a survey of three U.S. healthcare markets.

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Provider Tax Stalls in California

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

A controversial proposal to tax California hospitals in order to garner as much as $3.6 billion in additional federal Medicaid matching funds recently died because the hospital leaders couldn't agree on how much each facility should be assessed.

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Sebelius' Vote Put on Hold

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

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) halted a move by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) to hold a full vote on Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius' nomination as secretary of Health and Human Services Thursday. McConnell called for more time so GOP members could consider her selection.

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Congress Plans to Tackle Healthcare Reform After Break

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, April 24, 2009

Hearings and actions this week on Capitol Hill have shown that the Democrats are planning to move full speed ahead toward having healthcare reform bills ready to mark up by summer.

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Hospitals Still Lag in Disaster Preparedness

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

Nearly eight years after 9/11, the nation's hospitals are still in danger of being overwhelmed by mass-casualty disasters and public health emergencies, alleges a new HHS-sponsored study released today.

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Lifetime EHR Could Mean Better Healthcare for Veterans

By: Lisa Eramo, April 23, 2009

When Deb Howard was discharged from the military in 1992, she was given eight years' worth of her paper medical records in two tattered and worn out folders. And although the records include valuable health information, including every illness with which she had been diagnosed and every drug for which she had been prescribed during her military career, she says she has no idea where those records are now.

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FDA's GAO-Recommended Device Review Not Finished Yet

By: Emily Berry, April 23, 2009

Yesterday's internal Food and Drug Administration meeting was routine and not specifically focused on its troubled device review process as suspected, according to an agency spokesperson.

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