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Friday, January 29, 2010


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What Stays, What Goes in Health Reform?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, January 28, 2010

In his State of the Union address on Wednesday night, President Obama made clear that current healthcare reform efforts won't become a distant memory. What are the reform provisions that are likely to remain in a final bill and which ones may have to wait?

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New Data Bank Will Help Hospitals with Background Checks

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 28, 2010

After years of delay in the federal bureaucracy, a national data base for background checks on licensed medical professionals from all 50 states will be available for hospitals to examine on March 1, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced today.

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Will the iPad Revolutionize Healthcare?

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 29, 2010

Apple's announcement of the iPad has been big news this week. The new technology has had health officials wondering: How will the iPad be used in a physician's practice, clinic or acute care setting? Could it really revolutionize care? Will it allow patients to communicate better with their providers through user-friendly pictures easily visible on the screen? We asked health leaders to weigh in on the iPad, based on the rumor and the hype, and what is known about the device so far. Their consensus? Many things are possible, but maybe not just yet.

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Obama Wants Private Sector to Help with Healthcare Fraud Fight

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, January 29, 2010

To combat healthcare fraud, Obama Administration officials met Thursday with law enforcement, government regulators, and insurance industry representatives to take steps to improve coordination and data sharing. Noting the "staggering" loss of an estimated $60 billion in public and private healthcare funds lost each year, Attorney General Eric Holder told a National Summit on Health Care Fraud that combating fraud is one of the most urgent destructive national challenges that the administration faces.

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Collaborative Looks to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, January 29, 2010

Three groups are coming together to form a new statewide initiative to assist in reducing avoidable readmission rates and emergency room visits in Michigan. The new program, created by The Society of Hospital Medicine, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and the University of Michigan, will soon select 15 hospital and physician care sites in Michigan to participate, with training beginning in May.

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Friends Hospital's Psychiatric Unit Focuses on Community Support

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, January 28, 2010

Philadelphia-based Friends Hospital has opened a 24-bed inpatient, acute care psychiatric unit based upon the principles of the "recovery model." Under the recovery model, patients are assisted in re-forging ties with their community and families, as well as developing new hobbies and pursuits. They are counseled through peer-support specialists who have been through the process successfully.

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Why Congress Should Pass the Health Reform Bill Now

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, January 28, 2010

I have pointed out some of the flaws in both the health reform debate's substance and process, but I'm convinced that reform legislation should pass.

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Reducing Readmissions: Are Quality Payments a Carrot or Stick?

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, January 28, 2010

Could proposed reductions in Medicare payments for unplanned readmissions be seen as a carrot or a stick for the healthcare industry?

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Which Health Reform Provisions Will Pass This Year?

By: January 27, 2010

Ned Moore, CEO of Portico Systems, talks about health reform in light of Scott Brown's recent election win in Massachusetts. [Sponsored by Emdeon]

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