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Conservative Democrats Push for Health Reform Bill Changes

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2009

Democrats are working to create healthcare reform legislation that could be approved quickly within several weeks in the House and the Senate before the summer recess. However, on the way, the committees have been sidetracked by forks in the road, which have slowed them down as they discuss and evaluate how—and who—should pay for the reform legislation.

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Safety Net Hospitals Concerned About Proposed Payment Cuts

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, July 13, 2009

A deal announced last week between the White House and three hospital groups to reduce payments to hospitals by $155 billion over the next 10 years had groups representing safety net hospitals and health systems asking: What could happen if "disproportionate share hospital" payments were reduced by $50 billion over the next 10 years?

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Hospital's Pre-registration Efforts Pay Off in Collections

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, July 10, 2009

Pre-authorizations are crucial today. It is vital to cover all the key areas and prevent the patient and the hospital from learning bad news.

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Killer Smartphone Apps for On-the-Go Physicians

By: Cynthia Johnson, July 10, 2009

A growing number of physicians are using smartphones—mobile phones that combine online access to information with PDA functionality.

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Flu Pandemic Prep: What Your Facility Needs to Know Now

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, July 10, 2009

With swine flu still on everyone's mind, facilities need to ask: Are we ready for the next pandemic?

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Four Keys to Competition Under Bundling

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, July 10, 2009

While most have no idea how healthcare reform will ultimately shake out, there are strategic changes you can make right now to prepare.

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