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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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HHS Makes $40 Million Available to Cover Uninsured Children

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 7, 2009

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday that up to $40 million in grants are being made available for helping children in families who qualify for—but are not yet enrolled in—Medicaid or their state's Children's Health Insurance Programs. This grant announcement is the first cycle of outreach funding under the new Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act that was signed into law by President Obama in February.

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Hospitals: H1N1 Could Get Rough This Fall

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 7, 2009

If H1N1 re-emerges this fall as many health officials anticipate, hospitals could lose essential portions of their workforce and supplies and support services could be held up as well, warns the American College of Emergency Physicians. "If the virus follows the pandemic patterns of the 20th century, health care providers should prepare for the potential of higher level of virulence in the fall wave, which occurred in both 1918 and 1957," says the group's new report.

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Med Board Goes After Unlicensed Docs

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

California quacks, look out. As of July 1, the Medical Board of California now has unlicensed practitioners in its sights with its revitalization of "Operation Safe Medicine."

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Care Card Technology Improves Health System's Patient Flow and Waiting Time

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2009

At Heritage Valley Health System in Beaver, PA, patient flow was a major concern until it implemented electronic kiosks along with a Care Card to help the registration process move more efficiently.

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Six Tips to Comply with HIPAA

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2009

Step into the office of Brandon Ho, HIPAA compliance specialist for the Army in Honolulu, and you won't see a compliance officer scrambling through mountains of paperwork regarding new HIPAA laws.

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Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes

By: MacKenzie Kimball , for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2009

As the long-term care industry moves toward a resident-centered approach to care, the quality of life provided to nursing home residents is facing increased scrutiny.

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What Happened to the Spike in Uncompensated Care?

By: Michelle Ponte, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2009

Uncompensated care costs have not jumped nearly as high as was expected. Is it simply due to a longer than expected lag between late 2008 and now, or are hospitals doing a better job at front end collections?

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Hospitals' Cuts May Grow as States' Budget Woes Linger

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 6, 2009

We're half way through 2009 and there is little indication that the last six months of the year are going to be better for hospital employment than the first six months.

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