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Monday, November 2, 2009


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Exclusive Interview: Lessons From Wayne Sensor's Fall at Alegent Health

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, October 30, 2009

Wayne Sensor, former CEO of Omaha's Alegent Health, talks about his sudden resignation from the health system after two physician confidence votes went against him.

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CBO Predicts Higher Public Option Costs in New House Bill

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2009

The Congressional Budget Office , completing the scoring of the new House healthcare reform bill (HR 3962), predicted that those enrolled in a public plan might not necessarily save money as initially envisioned. CBO said that the number of individuals enrolled in a health insurance exchange could be expected to number about 30 million. Of that number, only about one-fifth—or 6 million—would be expected to enroll in a public insurance plan.

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21% Pay Cut May Force Physicians To Stop Seeing Medicare Patients

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2009

It's a threat made many times before. Large numbers of doctors will stop accepting new Medicare patients, and may scale back their existing Medicare patient roster, if a 21% Medicare pay cut goes through as scheduled in January. This time more than ever, physicians say they're serious.

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Nurses Protest H1N1 Respirator Mask Shortage

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2009

The American Nurses Association has complained to the CDC about shortages of protective respirator masks for nurses exposed to H1N1 influenza and warned that patient care could suffer during the pandemic without adequate protection measures. In a letter to the CDC, leaders say they are deeply concern about shortages of the fitted N-95 respirators, which CDC recommends as the minimum level of respiratory protection for healthcare workers who could be exposed to the H1N1 virus.

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HITECH Act Enforcement Interim Final Rule Published

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, October 30, 2009

HHS published in the Federal Register today (October 30) the HITECH Act enforcement interim final rule, standard procedure of the February 17, 2009 HITECH Act.

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Medicaid Buy-In Doubles Enrollment, Expenditures

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 30, 2009

A new report from Mathematica found that combined inflation-adjusted Medicaid and Medicare expenditures for Buy-In participants more than doubled from $887 million to $1.9 billion between 2002 and 2005, as did program enrollment.

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Nurses Use Repetitive Processes to Catch Medication Errors

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, October 30, 2009

Each year, medication errors are responsible for 7,000 patient deaths and cost the healthcare system $2 billion. Even more shocking, perhaps, is the knowledge that nearly 50% of potential medication errors are caught before making it to the patient. Of those potential errors, 87% are intercepted by nurses.

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Nursing Homes Have a Year to Comply with New MDS 3.0 Assessment

By: MacKenzie Kimball, for HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the much anticipated final Minimum Data Set, Version 3.0, on Thursday, giving nursing homes approximately one year to prepare for implementation of this redesigned resident assessment instrument.

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