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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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House May Consider Tax On High-Cost Plans

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2009

While attention will be focused this week on the Senate Finance Committee healthcare reform hearings, work on reform legislation also has been proceeding on the other side of the Capitol. House leaders are meeting behind closed doors this week to iron out—and eventually prepare for the House floor— provisions in the tri-committee versions of the House's reform measure, HR 3200.

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Change of Heart: Online Assessment Reaches Patients Before They Enter ER

By: Cynthia Johnson, September 28, 2009

Advocates of an online tool called HeartAware say it identifies and educates those at risk for cardiovascular disease and prevents needless visits to the ER. But skeptics argue that the survey is an invitation to purchase unnecessary services.

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Healthcare System Works with Supermarket Chain to Promote Health, Wellness

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2009

Many individuals traditionally get wellness information from their physicians' offices, clinics, or hospitals. However, moving away from the four walls of a healthcare organization and into the community can have an impact as well.

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Mental Illness is One of the Most Costly Conditions

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2009

For anyone focused on the corporeal side of medicine, it's always a grim reminder to see just how much of the healthcare bill stems from treatment of maladies of the mind. A report from the federal Agency of Health Research and Quality analyzed numerous research papers published in the last three years to conclude that mental disorders, including violent behavior between intimate partners, were one of the five most costly conditions in the U.S. in 2006.

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Hospital Blogs Can Help During Times of Controversy

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2009

While many hospitals still tend to avoid starting a blog for fear of sparking bad publicity, at least one CEO has found in many cases that the opposite is true.

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Social Media Create Patient Privacy Minefield

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2009

If your healthcare organization doesn't have a policy on employee conduct for online communications and social media, it should.

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Nursing Home Industry Frightening Seniors Against Health Reform, Says Medicare Group

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28, 2009

A Medicare advocacy group has called out a skilled nursing home corporation for scaring elderly residents into thinking their benefits will be worse if provisions in H.R. 3200 are voted into law.

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