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Monday, August 31, 2009

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Sebelius: Health Reform Will Reduce Medicare Costs, Coverage Threats

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 28, 2009

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius continues to press the need for healthcare reform with the release this week of a new government-sponsored report that highlights the escalating cost of healthcare and the threats to coverage for seniors.

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Public Backs Healthcare Reform, But No Consensus on Specifics

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 28, 2009

Most Americans believe the nation's healthcare delivery system needs to be reformed, but there is no agreement on how it should be done, according to a new Internet poll.

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Rising Healthcare Costs Hurting Industries with Most Employer-Sponsored Insurance

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2009

Rapidly rising healthcare costs, which are taking up greater portions of the gross domestic product, are having an adverse effect on many major industries—especially those that have higher percentages of workers with employer-sponsored insurance, according to a new study from Rand.

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Is HIPAA's New Harm Threshold Good News or Bad?

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, August 28, 2009

HHS' interim final rule on breach notification released last week included most of the same requirements in the HITECH Act regarding breach notification, there is something new and significant.

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The Fight to Prove the Value of Hospitalists

By: Karen M. Cheung, August 31, 2009

A new study is garnering talk about the value of hospitalists and what they actually do for quality. Hospitalists, or hospital physicians dedicated to inpatient care, serve clinical positions, and oftentimes administrative, teaching, and leadership roles. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard University in Boston found that hospitals with hospitalists performed better than hospitals without.

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State Attorneys General Question Five-Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes

By: MacKenzie Kimball, for HealthLeaders Media, August 31, 2009

Thirty-one state attorneys general sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last Thursday, which highlighted the alleged weaknesses of CMS' Five-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes and requested the feds suspend or revise the system.

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Some Hospital Leaders Making Big Strides in Value

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, August 28, 2009

Last week, I said in this space that hospital leaders were the only folks showing leadership on healthcare reform. I still maintain that many leaders aren't focusing on quality because someone else is forcing them.

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