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Monday, July 27, 2009

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Who Will be the Winners and Losers in Health Reform?

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2009

Though it looks like the Senate won't vote on health reform legislation before the August recess, a glance into a crystal ball reveals some clues as to what sectors of the industry will see the greatest impact, both positive and negative.

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Approaches to Medicaid, CHIP Expansion Expected to Differ

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2009

The major health reform bills working their way through the House and under development in the Senate would expand Medicaid and provide new options for families whose children are eligible for each state's Children's Health Insurance Program, according to a new report.

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CBO Predicts No Major Shift in Employer Coverage Under House Pay-or-Play Provisions

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2009

During the House Ways and Means hearings on the Tri-Committee health reform bill, a question was asked numerous times by Republican members: Would larger employers be enticed to give up paying for their employees' health insurance under proposed "shared responsibility" requirements--which required all individuals to be insured--if the federal penalty was not high enough?

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Beware of More Stringent State HIPAA Laws

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, July 24, 2009

The alleged patient-record snoopers at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Hospital in Los Angeles County picked the wrong state in which to snoop. The new laws in California may serve as insight into situations in which state governments may intervene in a more proactive manner.

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Nursing Homes Should Prepare Now For New Infection Control Expectations

By: MacKenzie Kimball , for HealthLeaders Media, July 24, 2009

CMS recently released a thorough explanation of the skilled nursing facility infection control requirements and components of an effective infection control and prevention program. In response, most facilities will have to develop a more thorough infection control program, educate staff across all departments, and constantly monitor infection control and prevention efforts.

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The Joint Commission's Critical Access Hospital Program Receives CMS Deeming Authority

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, July 24, 2009

The Joint Commission has again received deeming authority from the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the accreditation of critical access hospitals, according to an official announcement by The Joint Commission.

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Coaching Project Helps Facilities Prepare for Patient Falls

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2009

The Center for Research and Innovation in Patient Care at University of California San Francisco School of Nursing recently began a project to reduce the incidence of patient falls and the severity of fall-related injuries.

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What to Do if Your CEO Gets the Ax

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, July 24, 2009

As a member of the senior leadership team, what happens to you if your CEO gets canned?

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