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Friday, September 4, 2009

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Snowe's Trigger Plan to Boost Insurance Competition

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 4, 2009

A public insurance option as part of the healthcare reform measure has a number of friends on Capitol Hill—mainly Democrat. And the public option has number of foes as well—mostly Republicans. But recently, one Republican senator's idea has re-emerged regarding a public option that she thinks might encourage opponents to change their minds—at least within the moderate ranks.

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12 More Hospitals Fined For Putting Patients In Immediate Jeopardy

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 4, 2009

The 12 California hospitals receiving the latest fines for putting patients in "immediate jeopardy" of harm or death include three that failed to remove sponges or towels from surgical patients, one where a psych tech repeatedly slapped an unconscious patient in the face in the belief he was "faking it," and another where staff failed to properly use restraints, resulting in a patient's critical fall.

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Two Ways to Protect Healthcare Workers from H1N1

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 4, 2009

Protecting healthcare workers against transmission of H1N1 is a primary concern in healthcare settings, but existing evidence suggests that medical masks may not be effective, in part because many healthcare workers either don't use them or use those that aren't fitted properly to their faces. Because of that concern, a Institute of Medicine committee this week issued two recommendations on protecting workers in healthcare settings against this new influenza strain.

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Legal Case Highlights Reporting and Recruiting Problems for Hospitals, Doctors

By: Liz Jones, for HealthLeaders Media, September 4, 2009

When it comes to reporting a physician to the National Practitioner Data Bank, hospitals can sometimes find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Hospitals are obligated under the Health Care Quality Improvement Act to report physicians whose privileges have been denied or revoked under certain circumstances, but in doing so, they run the risk of being sued by those same physicians. Such is the predicament that Georgetown University Hospital is facing now.

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Health Plan Premiums Vary Widely by State

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

A new set of tables from the federal government shows a wide state-by-state variation in what Americans paid in premiums for employer based health coverage in 2008. Not only does the total amount of premium cost vary, but also the share paid by the employer versus the share paid by the employee.

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Group Charges Health Insurers Are Violating State Labor Code

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

A California-based consumer group is asking the state's attorney general, Jerry Brown, to investigate health insurance companies that have asked their employees to lobby against healthcare reform.

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Can Medical Liability Reform Save the Healthcare Overhaul?

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, September 3, 2009

It may seem that a bipartisan health reform agreement is a lost cause, but there is one issue that has the potential to reluctantly unite Democrats and Republicans: Medical liability reform.

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Josie's Story Teaches Hospitals How to Become Safer

By: September 3, 2009

Numerous reports, testimonies, and articles have examined medical errors, but one aspect seemed to be initially missing from the discussion: Real people and real faces behind the statistics.

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