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Vital Signs
What's essential in some states isn't in others, study finds
By Bob Herman | October 21, 2014
President Barack Obama's healthcare law mandated that certain health plans start covering common services. But because the federal government offered states latitude in those initial determinations, the definition of an essential health benefit ranges widely across the country, a report...
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CDC, hospitals hit reset on Ebola preparedness
By Beth Kutscher , Adam Rubenfire and Andis Robeznieks | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Hospitals across the country are stepping up their preparedness and staff training for the possible arrival of Ebola cases at their doorsteps in the wake of failures in handling Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
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Information
Ebola 'czar' an expert on Washington, not medicine
Associated Press | October 18, 2014
Ron Klain, President Barack Obama's new point man on Ebola, has no medical or public health background. But he does have a wealth of experience managing unruly federal bureaucracies in times of crisis. The White House says that makes him the perfect candidate to shepherd the government's response...
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Obama: U.S. can't cut itself off from West Africa
Associated Press | October 18, 2014
President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to succumb to hysteria about Ebola, even as he warned that addressing the deadly virus would require citizens, government leaders and the media to all pitch in.
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Obama names Ron Klain as Ebola 'czar'
By Adam Rubenfire , John N. Frank and Virgil Dickson | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Facing mounting political pressure to name an Ebola czar, President Barack Obama last Friday appointed former senior White House aide Ron Klain as the administration's response leader for the Ebola outbreak.
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Chip Kahn sees successes, missed opportunities in health IT
Chip Kahn | October 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
President Barack Obama's January 2009 pledge to “computerize the nation's health records in five years” largely has come to fruition. As we look to the future, it is critically important to continue striving to realize the laws's larger vision for health information technology.
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Ebola preparedness: The fire this time
By Merrill Goozner | October 17, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The U.S. healthcare system badly fumbled its first unexpected encounter with the deadly Ebola virus. One misdiagnosed patient is dead, two nurses who treated him are sick, and hundreds of people may have been exposed to the virus. Panic is spreading.
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News
Obama urges calm as critics call for more action on Ebola
By Gregg Blesch | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
President Barack Obama sought to restore calm Thursday evening to a nation and healthcare system rattled by a seemingly fast-growing threat from a disease that looked remote and manageable less than three weeks earlier.
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Ebola cases spur political proposals, but few viable alternatives
By Paul Demko | October 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
There's no shortage of ideas being put forth by politicians about how to stem the Ebola outbreak that claimed its first victim on U.S. soil last week.
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News
Reform Update: Threat to Service Corps funding endangers primary-care efforts, groups say
By Sabriya Rice | October 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The National Health Service Corps has been a key program in offering access to primary care in rural and underserved areas since its establishment in 1972. President Barack Obama's 2009 stimulus package and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act increased funding for the program, which...
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