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Monday, July 6, 2009

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Countdown to Reform: Race Resumes This Week to Hammer Out Issues

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2009

With Congress coming back today from the July 4 recess, time will be short and work will be long as the proposed deadlines for completion of healthcare reform legislation mark-ups loom. In the House, July 31 is the target date; in the Senate it's August 8. Can they make those deadlines?

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Healthcare Sector Job Growth Continues, But Slower Than Previous Years

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

The nation's hospital payrolls grew by 3,700 new jobs in June, and the healthcare sector was one of the few job growth areas in the economy in the first half of 2009, Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data released today show.

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Healthy San Francisco Has Increased Access, Reduced Utilization

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 2, 2009

Healthy San Francisco, held up as a model employer "pay or play" strategy, is two years old today—and its supporters view the program as a possible solution to the nation's 47 million uninsured.

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2010 OPPS Proposed Rule Does Not Include Higher Separately Payable Drug Reimbursements

By: Michelle Leppert, July 2, 2009

Outpatient facilities and pharmacies hoping to see an increase in reimbursement for separately payable drugs in CMS' 2020 OPPS proposed rule didn't get their wish, but they did see additional proposed guidance on physician supervision rules.

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Generation Gaps on the Medical Staff May Affect Physician Recruitment

By: Liz Jones, July 2, 2009

Medical staffs today consist of a blend of four generations. If you're unaware of generational differences or don't accept that they are sitting on your doorstep, they could stymie your recruitment efforts.

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How Much Personal Protective Equipment is Enough During a Pandemic?

By: Scott Wallask and Evan Sweeney, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2009

One of the linchpins of emergency planning is estimating how much personal protective equipment staff members might need during an event, such as a pandemic. The uncertainty of a pandemic flu outbreak makes it tough to plan for PPE stockpiling. Each hospital plays a different role in its community, and therefore has unique requirements concerning PPE, says Tom Huser MS, CHSP, safety coordinator of emergency management and hazardous materials at Clarian Health in Indianapolis.

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