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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Senate Panel Defeats Public Option Amendments

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

The Senate Finance Committee, on the fifth day of hearings on its healthcare reform package, turned down two separate public insurance option amendments proposed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).

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Six Hospitals Pay $8.3 Million in Medicare Spine Surgery Whistleblower Case

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 30, 2009

Three hospitals in Alabama and three in Indiana have agreed to pay $8.36 million to settle federal and whistleblower charges that they unnecessarily kept thousands of spine fracture repair patients overnight in a scheme to allegedly bill Medicare up to $7,000 more for each procedure.

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Public Support for Reform Legislation Shows Small Rise

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 30, 2009

Public support for healthcare reform reversed its slide this summer and climbed slightly in mid-September, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Overall, 57% of 1,203 adults interviewed by telephone said they thought tackling healthcare reform was more important than ever—up from 53% those surveyed in August. However, almost half of those surveyed (47%) favored taking more time to work out a bipartisan approach to health reform, compared to 42% who preferred to see Democrats move faster on their own.

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Many EDs Not Caring for Patients Fast Enough

By: Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media, September 30, 2009

Emergency departments are not caring for patients as quickly as recommended, according to a new study. The study found that a mere 30% of EDs got the majority of their patients seen by a physician within recommended time frames and only 13.8% of EDs achieved the triage target for the majority of patients who needed to see a doctor within one hour.

 

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Five Steps to Track CMS Changes, Announcements

By: Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2009

Ever feel like navigating the world of CMS changes is an uphill battle? You are not alone. Survey coordinators across the country face this challenge every day, and few have mastered the ability to track every major and minor change that comes from this government agency.

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Nurses Use Artistic Talents to Improve Patient Experience

By: Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2009

This past summer, nurses Mary Cohn and Annette Bargmann of Anne Arundel Medical Center in Parole, MD, visited patient rooms armed not with medication, but with acrylic paint.

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EHR Implementation is a Journey, Not a Destination

By: Carrie Vaughan, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2009

There is no set formula to guarantee a successful EHR implementation. Organizations must find the path that works best for them.

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H1N1 Remains a Worldwide Concern

By: Ben Cole, for HealthLeaders Media, September 29, 2009

The fight to prevent the spread of H1N1 is in full swing, as hospitals all over the world are reporting a surge in patients as the predicted second wave of the pandemic continues its spread.

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