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Monday, August 24, 2009

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Public Plan, Co-ops Remain on Health Reform Plate

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

While Congress continues its summer recess, the only thing certain about the healthcare reform is that the debate over options, such as a public insurance plan or co-ops, will not be quieting down any time soon.

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No Health Reform Plan Features Major Medicare Changes

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

Whether in the halls of Congress or in town hall meetings, the debate should not be whether Congress keeps its hands off Medicare, but how it should regulate Medicare—and do it in the way that provides the maximum benefits to the public, said Eugene Steuerle, vice president with the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

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Going Low Tech Might Reduce Costly Hospital Admissions in Chronic Heart Failure

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

As a way to deal with its congestive heart failure patients, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, a 237-bed facility in Northern Virginia, embraced an idea to monitor its CHF patients' daily weight and symptoms without having to see them in a healthcare setting.

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Physician Quality Officer Model Takes on a Successful New Look

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, August 21, 2009

UMASS Memorial Medical Center's the new physician quality officer model has fostered increased engagement by the medical staff in quality improvement initiatives.

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Quality of Care May Be Higher in Nonprofit Nursing Homes

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

A statistical review of 82 individual research studies shows that nonprofit nursing homes may be delivering on average higher quality care in several categories than for profit nursing homes, according to researchers writing in a new study of the online version of the British Medical Journal.

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Hospitals Must Meet Guidelines Before Recruiting Visa Waiver Practitioners

By: Emily Berry, August 24, 2009

Hospitals looking to fill physician shortages may want to recruit J-1 visa waiver practitioners. But as recent developments in Nevada illustrate, your organization must adhere to national and state regulations before delving into its own recruitment and credentialing process.

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Hospitals are Providing the Only Leadership in Healthcare Reform

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, August 21, 2009

Hospitals are starting to get the message that healthcare providers will no longer be issued free passes for low quality and high costs.

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