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Wednesday, March 24, 2010


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Is Health Reform a Disaster or Opportunity for Hospitals?

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 24, 2010

Health industry analyst Nathan Kaufman is surprised by those who are applauding health reform. "Most of the people with boots on the ground believe that—as is the case in Massachusetts—healthcare reform as passed will be a disaster for hospitals and physicians," says Kaufman, a well-known San Diego health consultant. "This will really, really hurt most hospitals." Fear and loathing over what the package will do to acute care providers characterized much of the reaction he was hearing in Chicago, where he was attending the annual American College of Healthcare Executives conference.

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Health Reform Brings New Customers, Concerns for Health Insurers

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, March 23, 2010

Health reform could help the insurance industry more than any specific aspect in healthcare by drawing in tens of millions of new customers and billions of dollars of more revenue. For many insurers, they are definitely keen on the idea of an individual mandate, which, estimates suggest, will bring 32 million to insurance.

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Healthcare Reform Will Impact Long-Term Care

By: MacKenzie Kimball, for HealthLeaders Media, March 23, 2010

The health reform legislation passed in the House Sunday contains numerous provisions related to long-term care. One of these provisions is the Community Living Assistance Services and Support Act. The CLASS Act will make long-term care insurance available to all Americans, who will be automatically enrolled with the choice to opt out.

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Senate Democrats Hope to Approve Reconciliation Bill This Week

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, March 24, 2010

While the ink was drying on the historic healthcare reform bill signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday, the latest—and possibly the last—major debate on reform was gearing up across town on the Senate floor. Under discussion was the 153-page reconciliation bill (HR 4872) approved by the House Sunday night that contains "fixes" to provisions contained in the bill passed by the House on Sunday.

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13 AGs File Suit to Block Health Reform Mandates

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 23, 2010

Attorneys general in 13 states didn't wait long before they filed a joint lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new health reform laws. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum called health reform's individual mandate "a living tax."

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This Year's Hospital Mass Layoffs are Consistent with 2009 Record Levels

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 23, 2010

There were 11 mass layoffs impacting 50 or more jobs at the nation’s nongovernmental hospitals in February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced. February’s mass layoffs, coupled with the 13 mass layoffs at hospitals in January, are on a pace with the first two months of 2009, a year that ended with a record 152 mass layoffs affecting more than 13,000 hospital jobs.

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TeamHealth Acquires Southwest Emergency Physicians

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 23, 2010

TeamHealth Holdings, Inc., has acquired Roanoke, VA-based Southwest Emergency Physicians and will assume the management and staffing of the emergency department at Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem, VA, which cares for approximately 42,000 patients annually.

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The OR of the Future: Overcome Challenges to Reap Rewards

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, March 23, 2010

Operating rooms are getting a lot more crowded. And the variety of new tools that are cropping up in ORs will someday be as common and as essential as the operating room table.

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During Hard Times, Nurses Trim Expenses, Focus on Morale

By: Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, March 23, 2010

While hospital layoffs are still in the news, a recent nursing leader survey conducted by HealthLeaders Media's parent company, HCPro, Inc., has revealed some bright spots.

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