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Is Steele the Man for CMS?
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

The rumor mill has President Obama naming Geisinger Health System CEO Glenn Steele as the new chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a position that has been vacant since before the Bush administration left office. People have been wondering what Obama has been waiting for, and some assumed he was thinking Congress would pass a health reform bill that a new director could help implement. That justification doesn't hold much water for me.
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  January 29, 2010

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Employers, Employees Concerned Health Reform Would Lead to Higher Overall Costs
My colleague Joe Cantlupe reports that a significant majority of employers believe that the current healthcare reform proposals in Congress would lead to higher costs for both employer-sponsored benefit programs and healthcare services overall, according to the survey conducted by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health. For the record, I'm concerned too. Rather than reform, much of the bill is devoted to coverage, but in a country that is deficit-laden as ours, it strikes me that you can't have one without the other. [Read More]
Top surgeon Atul Gawande urges doctors to use checklist
My father is a pilot and there's no way he would even think about shooting down the runway without having gone through his checklist at least once. Surgeon Atul Gawande, who teaches surgery at Harvard Medical School, says physicians should do no less for their patients. Checklists were invented for aviation once airplanes became complicated enough that one person couldn't reasonably be expected to think of all the things that should be confirmed prior to takeoff. This happened prior to World War II, when a prototype of the B-17 Flying Fortress crashed shortly after takeoff because the pilot forgot something, which nearly bankrupted the company. The time is long past for surgeons to adopt the same safeguards. [Read More]
13 Health Leaders Respond to Obama's State of the Union Address
My colleague Cheryl Clark spent a chunk of time talking to 13 influential healthcare leaders about what they liked and didn't like in President Obama's State of the Union address Wednesday night. Some comments she got were predictable and read like a press release, but some of the more candid and helpful responses come from Tim Size from the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative and Paul Keckley of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. It's definitely worth checking out. [Read More]
Four Ways Hospitals Can Avoid Readmissions
Tucked into the House and Senate healthcare reform bills are provisions that would give the Secretary of Health and Human Services the power to identify "excess hospital readmissions" and then penalize hospitals that surpass that rate. Though it's not as tough as some proposals surrounding readmission rates, it's tough enough that hospitals should pay attention to it, says my colleague Janice Simmons. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
$75 million hike sought for Massachusetts health plan
Boston Globe - January 28, 2010
Board for Dallas-based Parkland defends executive bonuses, OKs $226,670 incentive
Dallas Morning News - January 27, 2010
Offer to take over ailing New York City hospital stirs outcry
New York Times - January 27, 2010
Study: Higher co-pays mean more trips to the hospital
Wall Street Journal Health Blog - January 28, 2010
Louisiana wins fight for hospital
New York Times - January 28, 2010
Pelosi suggests maneuver to pass healthcare overhaul
Wall Street Journal - January 28, 2010
AHA Outlines How Hospitals Can Survive Future Workforce Changes
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - January 28, 2010
California Hospitals Fined for Alleged Immediate Jeopardy Mistakes
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - January 28, 2010
Cuts in aid drag down Boston Medical Center's debt rating
Boston Globe - January 27, 2010
Carilion Labs, Spectrum Laboratory Network Announce Merger
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - January 27, 2010
Apple's New iPad: Does the Hype Extend to Healthcare?
Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media - January 28, 2010

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