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Obama is Confident Congress Will Back His Healthcare Reform

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2009

Given the discussions—the pros and the cons—in both parties following President Obama's healthcare reform speech before Congress last week, he does not appear to be wavering from his vision that the votes for passage of reform legislation are there. On Sunday night, appearing on the television show "60 Minutes," he said in an interview that he believes that "we will have enough votes to pass not just any healthcare bill, but a good healthcare bill that helps the American people, reduces costs... over the long term [and] controls our deficit. I'm confident that we've got that."

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16 House Members Who Could Influence Healthcare Reform

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2009

As the House moves to finalize its healthcare reform bill (HR 3200)—combining the versions of the 1,000-plus page bill approved by the Education and Labor, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce committees in July—a number of legislators on both sides of the aisle will be visible in the debate. Here are 16 of them that you can expect to see.

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The Patient of the Future

By: September 10, 2009

Physicians suggest. Patients ignore. Technology alone won't bring them together. But a new relationship just might.

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Joint Commission, Eight Hospitals Tackle Hand-washing Failures

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2009

The Joint Commission's newly created Center for Transforming Healthcare is teaming up with eight hospitals to identify and reduce deadly breakdowns in patient care. The center's first initiative is tackling hand-washing failures that contribute to healthcare-associated infections, which kill about 100,000 people each year and cost hospitals between $4 billion and $29 billion annually.

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Chiropractors Allege ERISA, RICO Violations in Blue Cross Suit

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 11, 2009

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and 22 BCBS insurers nationwide by three chiropractors' organizations looking to recover potentially hundreds of millions of dollars that were allegedly taken from them through ERISA and RICO violations.

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Sebelius: 1 in 6 Have Lost Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance Since 2006

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2009

Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, speaking before a University of Chicago forum on health and education, said the likelihood that families could lose their employer-sponsored health insurance is increasing. Sebelius, who commented that the "health insurance system is broken," released a new report on the employer-sponsored insurance market that said that one in six Americans with employer sponsored insurance in 2006 lost that coverage by 2008.

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Patient Advisory Boards Engage Patients in Their Own Care

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, September 11, 2009

In today's culture, many hospitals are increasing their focus on patient-centered care—that is involving patients in their own care decisions to improve outcomes. One route that facilities are more often choosing to take is creating a patient advisory board or committee.

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CAN/NNO Delegates Unanimously Endorse RN Super Union

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 11, 2009

Delegates at the biennial convention of the 86,000-member California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organization voted unanimously on Thursday to endorse and join a new RN "super union."

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In Politics and Leadership, Declaring Victory Often Means the Opposite

By: Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 11, 2009

I have often read or heard the phrase "declare victory and move on" lately, especially regarding the fight to reform the healthcare system.

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