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Friday, May 8, 2009

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Obama's Budget Targets Healthcare Improvements

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

In presenting his $3.4 trillion budget plan Thursday, which includes provisions that will cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, President Barack Obama proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage payments to private insurers, expansion of health information technology, reduction of healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse, and improved healthcare quality.

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Washington Insider: Health Reform in Trouble, Medicare Advantage May Survive

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, May 7, 2009

A leading Washington healthcare expert is questioning whether any major healthcare reform will happen this year or even if the proposed Medicare Advantage payment cuts will get through Congress.

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Questions Remain About Definition of 'Meaningful Use'

By: Lisa Eramo, May 7, 2009

Providers and vendors alike are anxiously waiting for HHS to establish a clear definition of "meaningful use" as a prerequisite for eligibility to tap into the $19 billion in EHR incentives available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Providers Will Play Role in GE's 'Healthymagination'

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, May 8, 2009

General Electric announced yesterday that it will spend $3 billion over the next six years on new medical technology as part of its new "Healthymagination" initiative. The initiative will also include participation with healthcare providers that have been actively involved in healthcare innovation in the United States, including Salt Lake City-based Intermoutain Healthcare, the Mayo Clinic, and the Cleveland Clinic.

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Physician Re-entry Becoming Larger Issue as Practice Landscape Changes

By: Liz Jones, May 7, 2009

With a physician shortage looming on the horizon, healthcare leaders are increasingly focusing on physician re-entry.

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New EPA Rule Requires Many Hospitals to Monitor Device Sterilization

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, May 7, 2009

A new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule—which has an important notification deadline coming up—will affect about 1,600 of the nation's 5,800 hospitals.

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Can Specialists Save Primary Care?

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, May 7, 2009

The problem with most solutions to the primary care shortage is that meaningful changes won't be seen for several years.

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Quality By the Numbers

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

In her first official appearance on Capitol Hill since her confirmation hearings, new HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius could have addressed a variety of topics. But she focused on some numbers.

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