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Healthcare Reform as Spectator Sport
Jeff Elliott, HealthLeaders Media

The war of words being waged by the public relations' machines of supporters and detractors of the Affordable Care Act is generating a lot of chest thumping on both sides. The drama is high, even if the outcome is predictable. [Read More]
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  February 2, 2011

Editor's Picks
Federal Judge in FL Declares Healthcare Law 'Void'
A federal judge in Pensacola, FL has ruled the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional because of the inseverable individual mandate provision that requires people to carry health insurance or else pay a penalty. [Read More]
CMS Issues Guidance on Hospital Inpatient Admissions
While many hospitals may in fact be utilizing proper screening criteria to analyze documentation and make medical necessity determinations, the fact remains that it's an imperfect endeavor. Guidance from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may help. [Read More]
AHA: Make Wellness Part of Healthcare Workforce Culture
While most healthcare systems in the U.S. offer some wellness programs to their employees, few are measuring outcomes from those programs and far fewer have engrained healthy behaviors as part of their employees' culture, says American Hospital Association report. [Read More]
Evidence-Based Care Gaps Pervasive, Researchers Say
Healthcare systems around the world are failing to use evidence obtained through research, according to Sharon E. Straus, MD, MSc, FRCPC, a geriatrician and director of knowledge translation at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. The result: reduced length and quality of life. [Read More]
Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes
Medical specialties are tied back to hospitals and health systems like never before; nowhere are the resulting alignment challenges more acute than in the cardiac service line, where independent practices find themselves seeking the financial shelter of integration. Join us on February 15 live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and share in the lessons from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment. [Read More]

Managed Care Headlines
States divided on meaning of FL judge's healthcare ruling
The Washington Post, February 2, 2011

Americans oppose yanking healthcare law funds: poll
Reuters, February 2, 2011

CA's Blue Shield to delay rate hikes
San Francisco Chronicle, February 2, 2011

TX hospitals: We contribute billions to economy–don't cut Medicaid
The Dallas Morning News, February 2, 2011

Duke Health, LifePoint Form Community Hospital Joint Venture
HealthLeaders Media, February 1, 2011

States' ability to slash Medicaid payments rests with top court, February 1, 2011

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