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Monday, March 29, 2010

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Will Obama Name Don Berwick to Lead CMS?

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

Don Berwick, a Harvard trained pediatrician who is founder and president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, may soon take the helm of the largest medical payer in the nation—the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Administration officials reportedly have confirmed President Obama is expected to appoint Berwick, according to numerous reports. The CMS administrator position has been vacant since 2006.

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AMA Blasts House for Not Voting on Doc Pay Cut

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

As Congress left the Capitol for a two-week holiday over the weekend, the American Medical Association took the occasion to blast lawmakers for the "unconscionable" action of not acting on the "doc fix"—slated to expire on April 1. Earlier this month, the Senate voted to delay the physician pay cut of 21.2% in Medicare reimbursement until Oct. 1. But the House did not take up the action, and as a result, the previous decisions by both chambers still stand. And that's April 1.

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Lobbyists Are Health Reform Winners

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 26, 2010

As the dust settles on the great healthcare reform debate, a new analysis shows that the clear winners are the armies of healthcare lobbyists from all sides of the debate who led a stampede on the Capitol and raked in record amounts of cash in 2009 to influence the legislation. Businesses and organizations spent at least $1.2 billion to influence healthcare bills in 2009.

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Eight Health Reform Provisions That Could Improve Women’s Health Coverage

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

The healthcare reform legislation approved by Congress last week created one of the largest changes in American social policy in more than 40 years—making a major impact for one population group: women. Late in the House’s healthcare reform debate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), speaking from the House floor, specifically cited how healthcare reform would impact women: "It’s personal for women. After we pass this bill, being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing medical condition."

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Four Ways Health Reform Could Spark Wellness Programs

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, March 26, 2010

Nearly everyone agrees that prevention and healthy living can help slow the nation’s healthcare cost spiral, but actually getting people interested in fitness has always been the problem. Wellness advocates and population health management officials say Congress took a small step toward a healthier nation by approving health reform.

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Breast Cancer Screening Issue Remains Unresolved

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, March 26, 2010

The co-chair of the ACR Breast Imaging Commission calls the US Preventive Services Task Force mammography guidelines "atrocious" and a two-decade step backward for women’s healthcare. The USPSTF guidelines, released in November, suggested that women should not be required to start breast cancer screenings at 40.

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Beaumont Hospitals Opens Women's Urology Center

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 26, 2010

Beaumont Hospitals in Michigan last week opened a Women’s Urology Center offering treatment, research, and advanced minimally invasive procedures for women’s urological conditions, such as incontinence, pelvic pain, and sexual dysfunction.

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Hospital Bailout? It Could Happen

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, March 26, 2010

This week I attended the American College of Healthcare Executives' Annual Congress. Most of the time, they're held when nothing much of substance is coming out of Congress healthcare-wise. Not so this year.

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How Engaged Employees Can Benefit Patient Experience

By: March 24, 2010

Kris Baird explains how having engaged employees can benefit the patient experience and the bottom line. [Sponsored by Toshiba]

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