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Monday, December 28, 2009

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10 Issues that Congress will Need to Resolve in Final Reform Bill

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

A long and complicated process lies ahead for the House and Senate health reform bills that were approved by each chamber. Here's a look at 10 issues that they will need to reconcile in the final piece of legislation.

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Five Health Stakeholders Respond to Senate Reform Bill's Passage

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, December 24, 2009

Politicians and pundits are opining about the Senate's approval of health reform legislation Thursday morning. But what do health leaders think of the final bill? Here are comments from five health stakeholders.

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HHS Offers $38M in New HIT Workforce Development Grants

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

HHS announced it is targeting $38 million for additional grants to support the training and development of a skilled health IT workforce. Authorized under the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the two new grants will award $32 million to establish university-based certificate and advanced degree health IT training programs, and $6 million to develop a health IT competency exam.

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Where Does the Reform Bill Go Now?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2009

Last week, the votes were finally counted and the Senate healthcare reform bill received the majority of votes—albeit all Democratic votes—and passed 60-39. But with the start of reconciliation between the House and Senate bills slated a few weeks away, what direction is the bill headed for now?

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10 Phrases That Became Part of the Healthcare Lexicon in 2009

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2009

Health reform brought us a bunch of new words and phrases to learn and use. But in case you missed some of them, here's a quick pastiche of some of the more interesting.

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Wound Healing Centers Benefit Hospitals Financially, Strategically

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, December 28, 2009

Chronic wound care is among the procedures patients are not putting off amid the economic recession—and hospitals that partner with wound healing centers are reaping the benefits. Wound healing centers tend to be revenue-drivers for hospitals because of both high demand and high-reimbursement rates. Diabetic, bariatric, and geriatric patients are most at risk for developing chronic wounds and, because of the aging boomer population and climbing diabetes and obesity rates, the number of wound care patients is expected to increase.

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