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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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Health Reform Hearings Begin With Hopes of Having Bill Ready in July

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 23, 2009

Two of the three House committees—Energy and Commerce and Education and Labor—that unveiled an 852-page healthcare reform draft last week will go into full gear today with their own public hearings on healthcare reform; the third committee, Ways and Means, will begin hearings on Wednesday.

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ED Wait Times Drop Slightly, Patient Satisfaction Rises

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 23, 2009

Despite a recession and continued crowding, a new study shows that the average wait time in the nation's emergency departments fell by two minutes in 2008 to 4:03. Even with the long waits, Press Ganey's Emergency Department Pulse Report 2009 finds that patient satisfaction rose in 2008, continuing a five-year improvement trend.

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Healthcare Consumers Interested in Technology, But Are Not Using it Now

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, June 23, 2009

Health insurers have spent millions on improving member outreach on the Web, but most people still don't visit their health plans' Web sites or believe their insurers support their health, according to The Microsoft Health Engagement Survey 2009, conducted by Kelton Research. That sobering news is balanced, however, with some positive findings. Survey respondents are interested in their health plans connecting with them via e-mail and phone for electronic coaching, but they want those services integrated into their lives.

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Docs Don't Tell 7% of Patients About Abnormal Tests

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 23, 2009

When patients' test results are abnormal, their doctors failed to tell them the bad news more than 7% of the time, and in practices that used a combination of paper and electronic medical records, the failure rate was as high as 26%, according to a new report. Some patients were given a false sense of security in that they were told if they didn't hear anything, the test result was fine. Some patients were told, "No news is good news."

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Many Business Associates Not Ready to Comply with HIPAA

By: Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2009

Many experts simply feel business associates are not ready to comply with new HIPAA regulations. Perhaps the most telling news is that some covered entities don't know all of their BAs, and they're trying to identify them.

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Deadliest Finance Issues for 2010

By: Michelle Ponte, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2009

Finance and thought leaders at this year's HFMA conference offered solutions to some of the hard hitting issues facing the industry during these challenging times.

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Primary Care Salaries Exempt from Law of Supply and Demand

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 22, 2009

A new study by physician recruiters Merritt Hawkins & Associates affirms that primary care physicians are in greater demand than any other type of doctors.

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