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Thursday, August 6, 2009

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Consistent Measures of Quality, Cost Needed to Support Reform Efforts

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

Current healthcare reform efforts under consideration in Congress have at least one thing in common, according to Mark McClellan, MD, director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

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Voters Fearful Obama, Congress Won't Pass Meaningful Health Reform

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2009

An independent national poll released this morning reveals broad public concern and skepticism about the ability of Congress and President Barack Obama to pass meaningful healthcare reform without deficit spending.

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Could A Massachusetts-Style Individual Mandate Work Across the Nation?

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 6, 2009

Can the federal government apply an individual mandate like the one in Massachusetts across the country? And how would the government enforce such a rule in very large states like California, with a population of 37 million, where 34% of non-Medicare age residents lack health coverage? How much would the feds charge uninsured Americans when they get sick? And how should the government collect fines for not getting insurance?

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Consumers Spent $33.9 Billion on Alternative Treatments in One Year

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

Americans spent $33.9 billion out-of-pocket on alternative therapies for the purpose of improving health during 2007, according to a new federal report.

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Tulare Healthcare Settles Fraud Case for $2.4 Million

By: Ben Amirault, for HealthLeaders Media, August 6, 2009

Tulare Healthcare, which includes Tulare Local Healthcare District, Tulare District Healthcare System, and Tulare District Hospital, agreed to pay the government $2.4 million to settle allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act, anti-kickback statute, and the Stark Law, according to a Department of Justice release.

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Nurse Sues Hospital After Allegedly Being Forced to Assist in Abortion

By: Keri Mucci, for HealthLeaders Media, August 6, 2009

A New York City nurse slapped a lawsuit on her hospital after allegedly being forced to assist in a late-term abortion that defied her religious beliefs. Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, a devout Catholic operating room nurse employed at Mount Sinai Hospital, claims she had to compromise her faith and perform the procedure on a 22-week pregnant patient or risk losing her job and her license.

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ICD-10 Implementation: Four Critical Steps Insurers Must Take Now

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2009

ICD-10 implementation could prove as difficult for health insurers as a public insurance option and a sputtering employer-based market.

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How A CEO Bounced French Hospital Back From Bankruptcy's Brink

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

One should never start a story with a series of numbers. But the amazing turn of 112-bed French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo away from the brink of bankruptcy justifies an exception.

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Scare Tactics the Standard for Anti-Healthcare Reform Ads

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, August 5, 2009

Americans are so afraid of the big, bad Canadian healthcare system that the threat of "Canadian-style healthcare" makes for a compelling anti-health reform message. Even if it's not exactly true.

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