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Friday, October 30, 2009

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House's Revamped Health Reform Bill Would Cover 96% of Americans

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 29, 2009

On the Capitol's west front Thursday morning, the House Democratic leadership unveiled the 1,990-page "Affordable Health Care for America Act" (HR 3962)—the bill representing the reconciled version of the healthcare reform legislation that will be going to the House floor next week.

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12 New Features in the Latest House Health Reform Bill

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 30, 2009

Much has happened in the discussion of healthcare reform since three House committees voted to approve their versions of the initial bill (HR 3200) before adjourning for summer recess. Here's a look at 12 of the new features in the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962) that was released on Thursday.

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Telestroke Programs Link Stroke Specialists to Patients Unable to Access Care

By: Cynthia Johnson, October 30, 2009

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recently published groundbreaking statements recommending the use of telemedicine technology on stroke patients. Here are three institutions that have implemented telestroke centers and the benefits and challenges they face.

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CDC Picks GE Healthcare to Track H1N1

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 29, 2009

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has chosen GE Healthcare's electronic medical records network to provide surveillance data for H1N1 and season influenza activity.

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FDA Failing to Obtain Follow-Up Studies on Some Medications

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 29, 2009

The Food and Drug Administration has been lax in permitting numerous drugs designed to treat life-altering illnesses—such as HIV/AIDS or cancer—to remain on the market without their manufacturers providing required follow-up studies to show their effectiveness, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) study.

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Weeklong Event Recognizes Medical Staff Services

By: Liz Jones, October 30, 2009

Although in some hospitals, executives may only know medical staff professionals in passing, MSPs are also the wheel inside the clock that makes it tick. Next week, November 1-7 is National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week to honor MSPs.

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Cutting Costs by Profiling Physicians

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, October 29, 2009

Policymakers are trying to address how physicians use resources, yet most of the data that drives policy decisions and healthcare research measures how regions use resources.

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Three Ways to Keep Health Quality Simple

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 29, 2009

Could it be that the key to good, quality healthcare is good, quality communication?

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