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Friday, June 5, 2009

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Senate GOP Says Bipartisan Support For Reform Will Be Tougher

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 5, 2009

Republicans on Capitol Hill are saying a bipartisan agreement over health reform will be tougher with the release Wednesday of a letter sent from President Obama to Senate Democratic leaders that outlined what his vision for healthcare reform should look like—including addressing the idea of "moving towards a principle of shared responsibility—making every American responsible for having health insurance coverage and asking that employers share in the cost."

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Ex-Governors Spar Over The Role of a Public Plan at AHIP Convention

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 5, 2009

Hundreds of health plan representatives heard three former governors—two of them physicians—argue over what role federal money should play in health reform as the America's Health Insurance Plans convention began its annual convention in San Diego on Thursday. Former governors Howard Dean, MD (Vermont), Jeb Bush (Florida), and John Kitzhaber, MD (Oregon), agreed that the current system is functionally flawed. And they agreed that health plans, employers, and consumers need to take more responsibility for their own healthcare.

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Capella, AL, Hospital Sold to Rival, Will Close

By: John Commins, June 4, 2009

Cullman Regional Medical Center in Cullman, AL, has purchased for-profit rival Capella Healthcare Inc.'s nearby Woodland Medical Center, and will shutter the 100-bed hospital next month.

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Retail Clinics Cater to Affluent Whites

By: Karen M. Cheung, June 4, 2009

A growing breed of retail clinics provide fast, low-cost, convenient care for customers. They are also located in more affluent communities, according to a new study.

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Childhood Game of 'Tag' In Boston ED Changes to 'Assassin'

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

On May 1, the emergency room team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston agreed to a game of "Tag, You're It," primarily to improve hand washing and avoid transmitting infections, but also to add fun to a rote task.

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Skepticism and Some Optimism Surround New Nursing Dramas

By: Keri Mucci, for HealthLeaders Media, June 4, 2009

Two new fictional nurses will light up TV screens in the next two weeks. In the fall, NBC will introduce another. But how the shows will affect real world nurses has come into question.

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Physicians' Role in Controlling Costs

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, June 4, 2009

Controlling costs took center stage this week in the healthcare reform discussions taking place in Washington.

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Making Sense of How Better Quality Can Be Achieved with Less Money

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

Spending more money doesn't necessarily translate into better quality care. However, this is one issue that shouldn't be simplified too much as some reports have done.

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