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Friday, October 9, 2009

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House Getting Ready to Send Its Reform Bill to CBO

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, October 9, 2009

Commenting about the status of the House healthcare reform bill Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "We're coming around the curve, but we're not in the stretch yet." What she meant is that the bill is now being prepared for the Congressional Budget Office for scoring—or determining how much it will cost.

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2% of Health Practitioners Are Not Licensed; 19% Have Issues with Credentials

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 9, 2009

Nearly 2% of health providers, including 1.6% of physicians and osteopaths, are practicing without a license and 18.7% have some cloud on their credentials, according to a new report from a company that checks licensing, credentialing, and malpractice litigation history.

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Employer-Backed Medical Benefits Will Average $10K Next Year

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 8, 2009

U.S. employers will see medical benefit expenditures increase 7% in 2010, pushing the average annual per-employee costs for healthcare across the $10,000 threshold, according to Towers Perrin's annual Health Care Cost Survey.

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FDA Warns Patients Received Radiation Overdose in CT Scans

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 9, 2009

An estimated 206 patients at an unnamed healthcare facility have received CT scan radiation doses that were eight times normal levels, the federal Food and Drug Administration warned.

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Lawsuit Highlights Legal Issues Tied to Firing Residents

By: Julie McCoy, October 8, 2009

In light of a $24 million lawsuit filed by a doctor against Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore claiming that he was unlawfully fired earlier this year, how can hospitals prepare for legal troubles?

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Time to Check Dangers of Social Networking

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, October 8, 2009

Though many popular Web sites have strong privacy practices in place, there is still no better time to analyze where, when, how, and if your personal health information is circulating through these types of Web sites.

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A Jobless Recovery Will Prolong Physician Financial Woes

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media, October 8, 2009

The median total revenue in medical practices declined—for the first time in years—by 1.9% in 2008, according to MGMA's latest cost survey. And revenue wasn't all that dropped.

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Innovation and Quality: How Long Should We Wait?

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

Changes are afoot for the millions with chronic conditions in the form of biomarkers, which can be used to diagnose risk, assess the presence of disease, or tailor treatments. But how long will it take?

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