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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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Reid Backs Public Option, But Questions Remain About Whether it Can Pass

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

In a brief afternoon press conference Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that a public insurance option, which will permit states to opt-out if they choose by 2014, will be included in the healthcare reform bill that will be sent to the Senate floor soon. However, the big question remains: Does he have the votes to make it a reality?

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House Passes Red Flag Exemption for Small Practices

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2009

The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Tuesday, October 22, that would exempt a healthcare practice with 20 or fewer employees from the FTC's identity theft Red Flags Rule requirement.

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Hospitals with Many Poor Patients are Slower to Adopt EHRs

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

Across the country, some healthcare systems have been slower to adopt electronic health record (EHR) systems than others. But a new report indicates that as of 2008, hospitals that treat the largest share of poor patients are less likely to have adopted IT systems than other facilities, a factor that may expand disparities of care in a new way: the so-called "digital divide."

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New York Yields to Nurses in Stopping Mandatory H1N1 Flu Shots

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, October 27, 2009

In an about-face, New York Governor David Paterson announced last week the suspension of a new rule that healthcare workers in the state be required to obtain seasonal or H1N1 flu vaccinations as a condition of employment. Paterson said the change of heart resulted from concerns about limited supplies of flu vaccinations in the state.

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Proper Use of Emergency Kits Essential in Nursing Homes

By: MacKenzie Kimball, for HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2009

Although emergency kits are designed to help nursing facilities provide medication to their residents during emergency situations, they can actually create more problems for facilities if not used properly.

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Could Three Bills Bury Your Hospital's Bottom Line?

By: Karen Minich-Pourshadi, for HealthLeaders Media, October 26, 2009

Medicare reimbursement cuts still loom, so hospital administrators better start crunching numbers.

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Beware of Ageism as Older Workers Look for Employment

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

While older workers can offer a rich and deep pool of experienced and talented applicants, your HR department and hiring managers have to be careful to avoid any interview questions that might be perceived as ageist.

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