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Friday, June 26, 2009

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Baucus Says Health Reform Bill Now Under $1 Trillion

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-MT, said today he is "even more confident" that lawmakers can shape a health reform package that would cost below $1 trillion in a plan that could become law by the end of the year.

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Questions Remain About Timing of Health Reform Bills

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 26, 2009

The healthcare reform debate in Washington is in a holding pattern as Senators are returning to their states for the Fourth of July recess. Also unclear is when the bills will be ready to be marked up by the two committees—Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. So far, despite some reports of progress, no timetable has been announced.

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Many Business Leaders Don't Think Employer-based Coverage is Sustainable

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2009

More than 60% of 300 business leaders at companies providing health insurance to their employees say the employer-based health insurance model is unsustainable in the long run, and more than one-third of them support a single-payer health plan, according to a new poll.

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HIPAA 5010 Requires IT to Do More with Fewer Resources

By: Lisa Eramo, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2009

A hospital's IT project list is most likely an exponential one: Convert to an EHR, transition to HIPAA 5010, coordinate vendor and health plan testing, train staff members on new technology, prove meaningful use, and qualify for incentive payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It's enough to make anyone's head spin.

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New CDC Web Site Helps Businesses Address Employee Obesity

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 26, 2009

The CDC has launched a Web site to help businesses tackle the nation's fast-growing obesity crisis. LEANWorks!, which stands for Leading Employees to Activity and Nutrition, was unveiled at a National Business Group on Health meeting today in Washington, DC.

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Americans are Fatter and More Depressed, But are Choosing Better Health Behaviors

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2009

Americans are growing older, fatter, and more depressed, but we’re also choosing good health behaviors, such as eating fruits and vegetables, getting flu shots and cancer screenings, and wearing seatbelts, according to a new national health report card.

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Joint Commission Official: Don't Put Patients in Egress Halls When ED Overcrowds

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2009

Those of you who plan to move patients into exit corridors when routine ED overcrowding occurs may want to reconsider that policy given what a Joint Commission official said about the matter.

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Small Practices Need Big EHR Help

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2009

While implementing an EHR system can be complicated and expensive in any practice, it is particularly challenging for small and solo practices that can't spread the cost burden among a large group.

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Are You Doing All You Can to Spot Medical Errors?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2009

In a recent report, the AHRQ found several areas that hospitals could consider in improving their patient safety efforts.

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