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Dirty Words
Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

At some point in their education, all aspiring reporters learn about journalism's "seven dirty words." These terms (not printable here) are guaranteed to offend, ostracize, and get you fined. The world of healthcare leadership has a dirty word of its own.
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  June 13, 2008

Editor's Picks
GOP blocks consideration of Medicare bill
Private insurers may be happy today, but physicians aren't. Republication senators blocked legislation yesterday that would have cut payments to private health insurers serving Medicare patients and raised reimbursement rates for physicians. If a bill isn't passed by June 30, doctors face a 10.6% drop in payment rates for Medicare patients. Some doctors have said they would stop treating Medicare patients if the reimbursement cuts go through. Congress now has just 17 days to agree on a solution. [Read More]
The cost of hospital care is difficult to pin down
I'm not yet convinced that pricing transparency will save the world (or at least American healthcare), and this article only reinforces my doubts. The writer, a Philadelphia reporter, conducted his own experiment, calling eight Philadelphia-based hospitals to determine how easy (or difficult) it is for patients to get pricing information and then how clear that information is. The results: Not easy (only half of the hospitals responded to his calls) and not clear (the definition of "charges" was complicated and inconsistent). [Read More]
Clinton's exit deals setback to the push for healthcare mandates
Supporters of a national insurance mandate suffered a major setback with Hillary Clinton's exit from the presidential debate. Although Obama may support a healthcare mandate down the road, he argues they're ineffective without first making insurance more affordable. Experts say the idea of requiring all Americans to buy health insurance will "fade from the national stage" in the coming months. What do you think about the presidential campaign? Now that the two big candidates have been decided, I'd love your predictions for what November will bring-and how it will affect healthcare. [Read More]
Lessons of the fall
Former CEOs of JetBlue, Starbucks, and Motorola sat down with Fortune Magazine to discuss their falls from the top. If you're a leader, this interview is worth reading-even if you think your job is safe. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
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Chicago Tribune - June 10, 2008
Bill would eliminate Medicare cut for doctors
AP/Yahoo News - June 9, 2008

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