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Friday, November 6, 2009

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AMA Backs House's Health and Medicare Reform Bills

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

The American Medical Association has endorsed a House healthcare reform, but has also called on Congress to pass a separate bill that eliminates the sustainable growth rate formula in Medicare that will mandate a 21% cut in reimbursements this January.

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Congress Takes Aim at Insurer Profits

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

As Congress appears poised, as many on Capitol Hill have been saying lately, "on the verge of a historic moment" with healthcare care reform, it is also preparing to take on the insurance industry over costs and profits—no matter what happens with reform.

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CDC: MRSA USA600 Not Worse Than Other MRSA Strains

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

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official says there's no national evidence so far to suggest that a rare type of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, USA600, is more lethal than other MRSA bacteria.

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New Specialty Certification for Child Abuse Pediatrics

By: Emily Berry, November 6, 2009

Child abuse pediatricians are the latest group of practitioners to gain their own certification. The American Board of Medical Specialties approved the new child abuse pediatrics specialty in 2006 and the American Board of Pediatrics issued the first certification exams this month. Medical staffs can begin verifying practitioner certification status on the ABP Web site in February 2010.

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Doctor Uses Rap to Educate Kids About H1N1

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, November 5, 2009

Mache Seibel, MD, a.k.a. "DocRock," uses music to educate on health issues, and has released more than 100 songs and 12 CDs. Seibel's latest effort is the H1N1 Rap, which offers five Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-endorsed steps to avoid contracting H1N1 flu.

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Voice Recording Technology Improves Patient Handoff Process

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, November 5, 2009

Kathleen Mikos, RN, MSN, vice president of patient care, chief nursing officer, at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, IL, developed a new, efficient method for patient handoffs that allowed for more patient/nurse interaction and reduced nurse overtime at Ingalls.

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New Jersey Pilot Program Insures Newborns Without Coverage

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, November 5, 2009

If a pilot program underway in New Jersey is a success, no newborns at participating hospitals will leave the facility without health insurance coverage.

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Coca-Cola Partnership Hits a Nerve

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, November 5, 2009

A number of family practice physicians are upset with the American Academy of Family Physicians for partnering with Coca-Cola Co., the world's No.1 soft-drink maker.

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Can Home Be Where the Healthcare Quality Is?

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

While great interest has been emerging over the concept of the patient-centered medical home in both the healthcare and political communities, it may be time to look at care in the patient's home.

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