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Healthcare Reform's Not Over by a Long Shot
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

You'd think from hearing from all the talking heads on the news channels over the past few days that healthcare reform as we think we know it is dead. The reason: Republican Scott Brown's victory over Democrat Martha Coakley this past Tuesday in the race for the Massachusetts senate seat once held by uber-liberal Ted Kennedy. So are they right? I highly doubt it. In reality, healthcare reform has likely been delayed, not defeated, because we still have a huge problem.
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  January 22, 2010

Editor's Picks
Obama weighs paring goals for health bill
It's back to the drawing board for healthcare reform, apparently. Even the president has put out the word publicly that he expects scaled-down health legislation. Still, it was not clear that even a stripped-down bill could get through Congress anytime soon, The New York Times reports. [Read More]
Pilot Projects Can Show Promise, But Often Come up Short
Many have placed hope that demonstration projects in the healthcare reform bills will show enough promise to be adopted in later regulation or legislation, but by participating, you're essentially making a guinea pig out of your institution, according to a report by my colleague Joe Cantlupe. Simply put, it's easier to put these projects on Capitol Hill legislative agendas than to carry them out. [Read More]
Can Art—And Artie Shaw—Reduce Health Costs and Improve Patient Satisfaction?
My colleague Cheryl Clark has an interesting look at the possible influence of music and art on patient satisfaction and cost reduction. A spurious connection? Maybe. But Cheryl speaks from personal experience with her 92-year-old father, and who am I to question, especially when she has evidence to back up those claims. And the costs of implementing such programs couldn't be much lower. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
More Employers Unhappy with Health Insurers, Says PWC Study
Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, January 19, 2010
Brown's victory in Mass. senate race hardly a repudiation of health reform
Washington Post, January 21, 2010
Senate Bill Takes Aim at Small Employer Insurance Groups
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 21, 2010
New Joint Commission Survey Process Takes into Account Hospitals' Time Demands
Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media, January 20, 2010
Healthcare companies scramble to assess shift
Wall Street Journal, January 21, 2010
Grassley Takes Aim at Hospitals' Problems with Health IT Implementation
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 21, 2010
Medical mart idea intrigues Nashville council members
The Tennessean, January 21, 2010
Devising New Code of Conduct Can Improve Hospital Employee, Patient Satisfaction
Sarah Kearns, for HealthLeaders Media, January 19, 2010
Molina Healthcare to buy Unisys unit for $135 million
Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2010
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