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Reform Update: AHA takes political action committee funds straight to voters
By Paul Demko | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Hospital Association's political action committee is spending large sums on TV commercials that back congressional Republican incumbents who have been friendly to the hospital industry, in hopes of fending off more-conservative challengers who take a harder line on government...
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Hospital patients no safer today than 15 years ago, Senate panel hears
By Sabriya Rice | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The problem of patients dying or being harmed because of preventable medical errors in U.S. hospitals remains one of grave consequence that is not getting enough attention, according to the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, which met Thursday with a panel of patient...
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Eshoo, Pallone campaign for key committee spot with contributions to other lawmakers
By Paul Demko | July 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Reps. Frank Pallone and Anna Eshoo continue to dole out contributions to their colleagues in hopes of bolstering their own chances at landing the top Democratic slot on the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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Va. law forbids doctors to mark up laboratory work
By Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.) | July 15, 2014
A Virginia law took effect this month prohibiting doctors from charging extra to profit from an outside pathologist's work interpreting a biopsy or Pap test. Previously, a physician could bill a patient and private insurance the full price for a lab service the physician received at a...
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Reform Update: Hobby Lobby bills fuel Dems stance that GOP wars against women
By Paul Demko | July 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Congressional Democrats' efforts to essentially negate the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling via new legislation are almost certainly dead on arrival in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Republican-controlled chamber has no interest in trying to restore the contraceptive coverage mandate...
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Missouri governor vetoes health navigator limits
By Associated Press | July 08, 2014
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday that would have limited who could work in the state as a health insurance guide and blamed a national conservative group for injecting an error into the model legislation.
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Vital Signs
Ruling against large-soda ban highlights local health department hurdles
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 02, 2014
New York City's plan to limit the size of sodas and other sugary drinks was shot down June 26 by a state appeals court. The ruling highlights the potential challenges local health departments face in their efforts to address concerns related to the rising prevalence of chronic disease.
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Mass. law would set ICU nurse staffing ratios
By Joe Carlson | June 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Massachusetts lawmakers have passed a bill to mandate how many nurses must be on duty in intensive-care units—and hospital officials are encouraging the governor to make it law.
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UnitedHealth provider cuts spur legislation
By Paul Demko | June 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Legislation that would prohibit Medicare Advantage plans from dropping doctors in the middle of the year has been introduced in the House and Senate. The proposal was spurred by controversial cuts to provider networks over the past year by UnitedHealth Group.
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Veterans gain Tenet system access in five states
By Bob Herman | June 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Veterans in five Sun Belt states now have access to Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s civilian facilities—an announcement that comes as lawmakers grapple with legislation to expand medical care outside the Veterans Affairs Department—and as the geographic mismatch of VA facilities to the veteran...
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