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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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New Health Reform Features Public Option, Individual Mandate, Payment Changes

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

House Democrats Tuesday unveiled their new 1,018-page Tri-Committee healthcare reform bill that includes a health insurance exchange, public policy option, individual and employer "pay or play" provisions, and a surtax on upper incomes. How much the bill will cost, though, is still not known: While the Congressional Budget Office released a preliminary analysis on Tuesday, it noted that more time was needed to review updated language included in the just-released bill.

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Medicaid Beneficiary Fluctuations are Leading to More Costs

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2009

Medicaid's "cumbersome" policies often lead to patients not getting or filling their prescriptions, receiving important diagnostic tests, or managing their chronic disease, which will lead to more costs down the road, according to a new report.

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HIT Panelist Bashes CCHIT as Legacy Vendors' Puppet

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 15, 2009

The commission charged with certifying health information technology is unduly influenced by legacy vendors whose concern for their own welfare is threatening the success of the national HIT initiative, a healthcare analyst told a federal workgroup Tuesday. Brian Klepper, a panelist at Tuesday's HIT Policy Committee Certification/Adoption Workgroup hearing in Washington, DC, said the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology is led by people with strong ties to legacy software vendors and their trade group, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

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Massive Insurance Fraud Scheme Yields Several Indictments

By: Ben Amirault, for HealthLeaders Media, July 15, 2009

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo July 8 announced the takedown of an elaborate fraud scheme that allegedly generated more than $1 million in profits, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) release. Cuomo indicted 12 people and nine corporations implicated in the scheme.

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Higher-quality MRIs Raise Questions about Costs and Reimbursement

By: Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2009

Ultrahigh-field-strength MRIs were ranked the second hot technologies by the ECRI Institute for 2009 behind electronic medical records.

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Seven Ways to Get Value From Your EMR

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2009

Implementing EMR technology in a short timeline will be difficult for providers. But the real challenge will be getting value out of the systems put in place.

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Overworked Nurses Are Hurting Patient Care and Outcomes

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, July 14, 2009

A survey of nurses from all over the globe has found that nurses believe heavy workloads, coupled with insufficient staff, are impacting patient care and outcomes.

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