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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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More Research on Effective Care Needed If Health Report Passes

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2009

If Congress passes one of the many healthcare proposals pending on Capitol Hill, public and private organizations will have to conduct more research to back it up, according to speakers at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's session Monday on forging a path to achieving high-quality, affordable care.

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Facilities Get Creative to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2009

As federal payers consider reducing or eliminating payments to hospitals if their patients must return for care in 30 or 60 days, California researcher Jan Eldred went looking for programs with creative transition solutions, so discharged patients can remain safely out of the hospital. She found nine, from Boston to San Diego, and chronicled their success in "Homeward Bound: Nine Patient-Centered Programs Cut Readmissions."

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LifeMasters Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2009

One of the leading population health management companies announced Monday it has filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, Inc., based in South San Francisco, CA, alleges that the costs associated with participating in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' demonstration projects is a reason for the decision.

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New Health Insurer Rewards Patients Who Stay Healthy

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 15, 2009

Imagine buying a health insurance policy for your employees that rewards not the provider for giving good care, but your workers for taking steps to stay healthy. And if they do three things: Make and keep preventive care appointments with their physicians, attend "wellness fairs," and register with an online tool and fill out an electronic health record, they pay lower deductibles and lower copayments. Welcome to SeeChange Health.

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Hospitals Should Look at Best Practices in Food Service Standards

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2009

When was the last time your facility looked at tracers in the dietetic and food service areas? It's a good time to take a look at best practices on the topic.

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Joint Commission Seeks Input on Assessing and Treating Tobacco, Alcohol

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, September 14, 2009

The Joint Commission is seeking public comment on candidate measures for assessing and treating tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use and dependence for all hospitalized patients.

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Certifiable Stroke Care

By: Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Magazine, September 10, 2009

With a growing emphasis on stroke center certification, hospitals must demonstrate that they have the teams in place to treat stroke patients quickly and effectively, or risk losing patients to a competitor down the road.

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What's Behind Slow Hospital Job Growth?

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

Is the recession responsible for the flat job growth in the hospital sector? Or, is something larger at play?

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Core Measures: Get Used to It

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

A company that crunched numbers to rank hospital care by outcomes, process measures, and patient satisfaction data says that providers must get used to the idea of pay for performance.

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