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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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Obama Emphasizes Support for Public Plan Option

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

In a White House press briefing Tuesday, President Barack Obama said he continues to support a public plan option—along with controlling healthcare costs—as part of a broader healthcare reform package. In the process, though, he is being challenged by the health insurance industry, which is trying to scuttle the public plan idea.

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Public Insurance Advocates Don't Want Compromise on Public Option

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

In an effort to thwart growing skepticism of a public health insurance option, proponents of the idea are becoming more strident in urging the White House to keep its eye on the prize: Do not compromise in overhauling the U.S. healthcare system so all Americans can have affordable health coverage.

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Health Premiums on the Rise Across the Board

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

The average premium for a family plan purchased through an employer last year was $12,680—nearly the annual earnings of a full time minimum wage job, according to a new report, Hidden Costs of Health Care: Why Americans are Paying More but Getting Less, released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Physician Compensation Trails Inflation

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

Physicians' overall compensation in primary and specialty care did not keep pace with inflation in 2008, reports the Medical Group Management Association.

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McAllen, Texas Docs Defend Region's Healthcare Spending

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

The border town of McAllen, Texas wasn't on the tip of anybody's tongue before this month. But a few weeks ago, an article in The New Yorker offered it up as exhibit A of all that is wrong with the country's healthcare system, the ground zero of medicine run amok.

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Hospital's 'What If' Scenario Becomes Reality

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, June 23, 2009

The patient access team at Skagit Valley Hospital has many goals as it works through this economic recession: Sustain morale, maintain trust, minimize criticism, and acknowledge success.

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Three-hospital System Creates Survey Prep Tools

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, June 23, 2009

CoxHealth is currently awaiting its latest triennial survey at any moment. Fortunately, with a series of survey preparation tools and practices in place, the system's accreditation coordinator was confident in the system's ability to handle the pending survey.

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Eight Miami Residents Arrested in $100 million Medicare Fraud Schemes

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 24, 2009

South Florida's well-earned reputation as the Medicare fraud capital of the nation was reaffirmed this week with news that federal prosecutors have arrested eight people and charged them with attempting to bilk Medicare and Medicare Advantage with more than $100 million in fraudulent charges.

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Meaningful Use: All Stick and No Carrot

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, June 23, 2009

The initial reaction to the HIT Policy Committee's recommendations for the definition of "meaningful use" of electronic health records was shock and concern.

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JCI, Korean Hospital Association Establish Strategic Collaboration

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, June 23, 2009

The Joint Commission International and the Korean Hospital Association have announced a strategic collaboration designed to improve healthcare quality and safety in South Korea.

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