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Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Modified Baucus Bill Adds Value, Quality to Physician Payment Equation

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

Value over volume would come into play under a new Medicare physician payment system modification inserted into the Senate Finance Committee's healthcare reform bill this week. Under the proposed physician payment change, backed by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D WA), physician or physician groups could receive bonus payments based on the relative quality of care they achieve while treating patients under the Medicare program.

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Illinois Court Case Spotlights Hospital Tax Exemptions

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

Provena Covenant Medical Center took its seven-year fight over its tax-exempt status to the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday. The Illinois state's attorneys' office claims that the Catholic-run hospital in Urbana did not provide enough charity care to warrant its requested property tax exemptions of about $5 million in 2002. The state wants the high court to uphold an appellate court's Oct. 3, 2008 ruling denying the exemption.

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Heart Disease is no Longer Leading Reason for Patient Admission

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

Coronary heart disease patients requiring hospital care have declined so much that they are no longer the leading reason for a diseased patient's admission. Now it's ranked number three. That's according to a sample of discharge records collected from 1,000 hospitals in 40 states in 2007 by the federal Agency for Health Research and Quality.

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Hip Hop Doc Raps About Flu Prevention

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, September 24, 2009

Next time you watch your favorite TV show, you may see John D. Clarke, MD, FAAFP, rapping about flu prevention during the commercial break. Clarke was announced this week as the winner of the Department of Health and Human Services' Flu Prevention Public Service Announcement contest. One of more than 240 contest entries, Clarke's one-minute clip touches on the basics of infection prevention.

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Biden: Insurers Need to Abide by New Ground Rules

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

Current proposals on Capitol Hill for reforming healthcare will not hurt health insurers' ability to compete and earn in the healthcare marketplace, said Vice President Joe Biden.

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Growth in Cross-Cultural Competency Improves Patient Care

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, September 23, 2009

Overcoming the cultural boundaries that can divide or prevent a patient-doctor relationship from forming can be a difficult task.

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Health System Uses Social Media to Recruit Physicians

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, September 23, 2009

When Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA, was having trouble recruiting gastroenterologists earlier this year, Cathy Connolley knew it was time for an innovative strategy.

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A Rural Health Reform Shopping List

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

For healthcare in rural America, there has never been a better time to confront policymaker bias against providers working in Out There Yonder parts of the country.

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Four Lessons From Massachusetts Health Reform

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, September 23, 2009

One idea that could make it through the health reform process is an insurance exchange that could be run federally or more likely at the state level with seed money from the feds.

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When Nobody Knows Your Name

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, September 23, 2009

I've lived most all of my life in Massachusetts and I'm quite familiar with the local Tufts brand. Or so I thought.

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