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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

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Obama Wants Final Health Reform Bill by October

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 3, 2009

Shortly before President Barack Obama met Tuesday afternoon with 23 Democratic and one Independent senators, he said that healthcare reform "is something that has to be done." His target date still remains October for when he wants to see a completed comprehensive healthcare reform bill approved by Congress and on his desk for his signature.

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Three Issues Health Insurers Face as AHIP Kicks Off

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, June 3, 2009

As health insurance leaders converge on San Diego for the annual America's Health Insurance Plans Health Institute this week, they face a potential new competitor?the federal government?that insurers worry could put many of them out of business. But the issues for health insurers go beyond whether the feds grab a greater share of their market; declining membership and perceptions about insurance costs and profits are also acute concerns.

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Premier Acquires Phase 2 Consulting

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

Premier healthcare alliance has bolstered its hospital consulting business with the announced acquisition today of Salt Lake City-based Phase 2 Consulting.

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Public Plan Supporters Plan Protest at AHIP

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 3, 2009

Armed with reports they say document the lack of real health plan choice, several hundred protesters plans to demonstrate their case for a competitive, public plan this week as 1,200 health officials gather for America's Health Insurance Plan convention in San Diego. "We want the insurance companies to support and allow our government to create a public health insurance option," says Mari Lopez, health policy specialist for the California Partnership, a statewide group that fights poverty.

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Red Flags Rule: Comply Now, Avoid Lawsuit Later

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, June 3, 2009

Compliance with the Federal Trade Commission's new Red Flags Rule is critical for healthcare organizations?regardless whether the FTC postponed its enforcement date to August 1. The compliance date is actually November 1, 2008. That hasn't changed. Sai Huda, chairman and CEO of Compliance Coach, a San Diego software company that specializes in automated regulatory compliance solutions, says bluntly of the FTC's enforcement delay: "So what? Anyone who is out of compliance is out of compliance."

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Ortho Exchange Program Provides Lessons for UK, US Health Reform

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, June 2, 2009

A joint replacement program is just the beginning of a partnership where the United Kingdom and the United States could realize the benefits of aspects of the other's health systems, proponents say.

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CIO Recession Survival Skills

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, June 2, 2009

A report by Scottsdale, AZ-based Carefx offers insight from five chief information officers on how to not only survive during a recession, but how to advance your career.

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