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White House Official: 72 Million Uninsured by 2040

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 24, 2009

Without healthcare reform legislation, the number of uninsured in the United States will rise from the current 46 million to 72 million by 2040, according a White House official.

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Medicare Fraud Strike Force Makes 53 Arrests

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, June 24, 2009

Fifty-three physicians, healthcare executives, and Medicare beneficiaries were arrested Wednesday in New York City, Miami, and Detroit by the newly expanded federal Medicare Fraud Strike Force. They were charged with submitting more than $50 million in Medicare claims related to unnecessary or fraudulent procedures.

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Young Adults Twice as Likely to Be Uninsured Than Middle-Aged Americans

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 25, 2009

Almost half of young adults—a group some would argue are the most insurable—went without health coverage for more than one month in 2006 and almost one-fourth, or 3.5 million Americans, were uninsured for the entire year, according to a new federal report. Authors of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report said this population, ages 19-23, were almost twice as likely to be uninsured all year as adults ages 45-64.

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How Do You Gain a CFO's Support for Quality and Patient Safety Programs?

By: Heather Comak, for HealthLeaders Media, June 24, 2009

As more hospitals cut their budgets, it's important for staff members who work in quality and patient safety to understand what points to illustrate when making a case for joining a new initiative, launching a new quality improvement program, or asking for increased resources in the name of patient safety.

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Small Practices Lack Resources for Quality Upgrades

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, June 24, 2009

Small medical practices provide nearly 75% all ambulatory care in the United States, yet many lack the resources to improve the quality of care delivered or install electronic health records to serve an increasingly diverse patient mix, according to a report released today.

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Quality Could Save Medicare Advantage

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, June 24, 2009

Lost in the public insurance and health reform debate was a MedPAC report that criticized Medicare Advantage for paying private insurers billions more than what the government pays providers through Medicare.

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Community Benefit Reporting: What it's Not Might Surprise You

By: Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media, June 24, 2009

Community benefit reporting is much more complex—and strategic—than it appears at first blush.

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Doctor Says New Yorker Used Slanted Stats Against McAllen, TX

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 24, 2009

When James Stewart, an internist in McAllen, TX, woke up one morning a few weeks ago, his life and that of many other health providers with whom he works had changed.

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