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GAHHA commends Congressman Price for introducing SAVE Medicare Home Health Act

GAHHA commends Congressman Price for introducing SAVE Medicare Home Health Act

Georgia Association for Home Health Agencies, Inc. (GAHHA) today thanked Congressman Tom Price (R-Roswell) for introducing new Medicare legislation that would replace across-the-board Medicare cuts with targeted reform that will improve the quality of home healthcare services. [More]
Colgate-Palmolive launches new health initiative in New Orleans

Colgate-Palmolive launches new health initiative in New Orleans

Building on a partnership spanning more than 20 years, Colgate-Palmolive proudly joined the National Dental Association (NDA) today for the launch of NDA-HEALTH NOW – a new health initiative that will send dental professionals, physicians, optometrists and nurses into New Orleans' underserved communities to provide free health services and screenings. [More]
State highlights: Missouri gives green light to med-school graduates to treat patients as assistant physicians; Georgia hospitals brace for broader gun-carry law

State highlights: Missouri gives green light to med-school graduates to treat patients as assistant physicians; Georgia hospitals brace for broader gun-carry law

Missouri will allow medical-school graduates to work as "assistant physicians" and treat patients in underserved rural areas, though they haven't trained in residency programs, despite strong opposition from some doctors' groups. [More]
First Edition: July 17, 2014

First Edition: July 17, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about how Capitol Hill politics are impacting health care policy. Houston Public Media's Carrie Feibel, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: "Primary care doctors have reported problems making referrals for patients who have purchased some of the cheaper plans from the federal insurance marketplace. [More]
Expert guidance offers recommendations for hand hygiene in healthcare facilities

Expert guidance offers recommendations for hand hygiene in healthcare facilities

Expert guidance released today offers updated evidence reviews and recommendations for hand hygiene in healthcare facilities. [More]
Expert guidance helps prioritize strategies to prevent VAP

Expert guidance helps prioritize strategies to prevent VAP

Thousands of critically ill patients on life support develop ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) each year. A new document released today by a consortium of professional organizations helps prioritize strategies to prevent this potentially fatal infection. [More]
Women with history of pregnancy loss are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease later

Women with history of pregnancy loss are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease later

The Annals of Family Medicine today published an article detailing research showing that women with a history of pregnancy loss are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease later in adulthood than other women, work completed by physicians in the Center for Primary Care and Prevention (CPCP) at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. [More]

North Carolina lawmakers move closer on state Medicaid funding

In a major move, Senate negotiators have backed away from proposed cuts in eligibility for many aged, blind and disabled people. [More]
First Edition: July 16, 2014

First Edition: July 16, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about the Congressional Budget Office's latest estimate on federal health care spending. [More]
Loyola University Medical Center recognized as one of nation's Most Wired hospitals

Loyola University Medical Center recognized as one of nation's Most Wired hospitals

For the twelfth time in 14 years, Loyola University Medical Center has been named one of the nation's Most Wired hospitals. [More]
Telemedicine could improve quality of life of patients with chronic liver diseases

Telemedicine could improve quality of life of patients with chronic liver diseases

Although telemedicine could improve the quality of life of patients with chronic liver diseases, viable home care systems are still lacking. Scientists working on the EU-project "d-LIVER" mean to remedy this situation. Initial results have now been released. [More]
Penrose Senior Care Auditors, The Caregiver Partnership join forces to improve lives of aging seniors

Penrose Senior Care Auditors, The Caregiver Partnership join forces to improve lives of aging seniors

Penrose Senior Care Auditors, the only national company that checks on seniors and their living conditions, and reports back to their loved-ones, is pleased to announce a partnership with The Caregiver Partnership, a leading online resource for home health care products, services and family caregiving information. [More]
Viewpoints: Hobby Lobby decision celebrated and panned; gender and religious politics explored

Viewpoints: Hobby Lobby decision celebrated and panned; gender and religious politics explored

In ruling 5 to 4 that "closely held" companies can refuse on religious grounds to include contraceptives in their employees' health plans, the Supreme Court has needlessly interfered with an important provision of the Affordable Care Act. And it has done more than that (7/1). [More]

Justices rule home health care aides can't be forced to pay union dues

The high court's ruling will make it more difficult for unions in some states to continue organizing the aides, a rapidly growing segment of the workforce. [More]
Viewpoints: Nothing in health care is free; Obamacare opponents lack facts; 'Nurse Jackie' and the ER

Viewpoints: Nothing in health care is free; Obamacare opponents lack facts; 'Nurse Jackie' and the ER

The Department of Health and Human Services released a report Friday declaring that 76 million Americans with private insurance became eligible for more preventive services with no out-of-pocket fees as a result of the 2010 healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). Because Democrats are counting on female voters to help them at the polls in November, the report highlighted how women had been helped by that aspect of Obamacare. [More]

Capital Senior Living purchases three communities, closes debt refinance

Capital Senior Living Corporation (the "Company"), one of the country's largest operators of senior living communities, today announced that the Company has purchased three senior living communities located in Ohio from joint ventures in which it held a 10 percent interest (the "Ohio JV Communities") for a purchase price of $83.6 million. [More]
First Edition: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

First Edition: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including numerous reports about the Supreme Court's decision on the health law's contraception mandate and its effect for coverage and on national politics. [More]
New Brightree Document Management simplifies storing and access to reimbursement documents

New Brightree Document Management simplifies storing and access to reimbursement documents

Brightree, the leading provider of cloud-based clinical, billing and business management software solutions for the post-acute care industry, announced today the release of new Brightree Document Management capabilities that strengthen a home medical equipment (HME) provider's ability to protect reimbursements and respond more efficiently to additional documentation requests (ADRs). [More]
Viewpoints: ObamaCare and economic growth; involving judiciary in political disputes

Viewpoints: ObamaCare and economic growth; involving judiciary in political disputes

Financial markets shrugged off Wednesday's punch-in-the-stomach report that first quarter GDP shrank by 2.9% on an annual basis, far more than earlier estimates and the worst quarterly decline in five years. Optimists blame the weather and point to faster growth in the current quarter, which is reasonable but still shouldn't overlook ObamaCare's role in nearly sending the economy back into recession. [More]
State roundup: Troubles in Kentucky; MD. hospital under review

State roundup: Troubles in Kentucky; MD. hospital under review

The team at The Upshot, a Times news and data-analysis venture, compiled six basic metrics to give a picture of the quality and longevity of life in each county of the nation: educational attainment, household income, jobless rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity rate. [More]