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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

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How to Stop Rising Healthcare Costs

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

The usual short term measures to address rising healthcare costs, such as reducing prices, will not be sufficient to "bend" downward long-term healthcare spending. Instead, President Obama and Congress should use more aggressive reforms that will slow spending growth—while improving quality, a group of 10 national health policy experts is recommending.

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Swine Flu Prep Helps Hospitals Brace for Fire-Caused Respiratory Illnesses

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2009

Hospitals downwind of Southern California's wildfires are preparing for an onslaught of patients with respiratory problems starting this weekend as airborne debris exacerbates chronic conditions like heart and lung disease.

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Three Nurse Groups Merge to Create Super Union

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2009

The three major nurses' organizations in the country have come together to form the largest registered nurses union and professional association in U.S. history: National Nurses United. Members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses, and Massachusetts Nurses Association make up the 150,000 member national organization.

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Hospital System Weathers Multiple Disease-specific Care Surveys

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2009

Though disease-specific care certification surveys provide a little bit more notice for hospitals than The Joint Commission's triennials, a six-hospital system with multiple DSC programs may need to handle surveys uncomfortably close together. For Main Line Health, a six-hospital system outside of Bryn Mawr, PA, this meant four surveys in three hospitals between February 2009 and August 2009. With the right prep work, however, four surveys in a six-month period did not mean panicking, says Mary McKay, RN, system director of regulatory affairs and nursing quality.

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HCA Gets Eco-friendly

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2009

Hospital Corporation of America has joined Practice Greenhealth, an umbrella organization for healthcare providers who embrace eco-friendly practices.

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Will the HITECH Act be Effective or a Bust?

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2009

Will the HITECH Act—based on where we are headed and the work that has already been done—achieve its goals?

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UPMC Acquires Majority Ownership of Dublin Hospital

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2009

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center last week announced the completion of an agreement under which UPMC will acquire majority ownership of Beacon Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.

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