Archived Medical News Stories

RSSArchived Healthcare News Stories - May 2009

Date Title Comments Rating
2009-05-31 Nevada Assembly passes bill to protect physicians on J-1 visas 0 None
2009-05-31 Massachusetts, Tennessee health plans might offer ideas on U.S. health care system overhaul 0 None
2009-05-31 Data ranks health insurers according to speed of claim payment, share of denials 0 None
2009-05-31 Obama says health reform must be done this year 0 None
2009-05-31 Sen. Kennedy circulates draft of health reform legislation 0 None
2009-05-28 UnitedHealth Group offers 15 recommendations to reduce federal health spending by $540 billion over 10 years 0 None
2009-05-28 Massachusetts health insurance law has increased access to care, though residents' ability to obtain treatment hampered by provider supply 0 None
2009-05-28 Miami-Dade, Blue Cross announce low-cost PPO aimed at county's uninsured 0 None
2009-05-28 Farmer still under consideration for Obama administration position, takes Harvard Medical School appointment 0 None
2009-05-27 Is Australia’s national health reform agenda taking account of social determinants of health? 1 4.5
2009-05-27 1 million California residents travel to Mexico annually for health care, study finds 0 None
2009-05-27 California official details proposed health care cuts in Schwarzenegger's budget plan 0 None
2009-05-27 United Auto Workers to accept up to 20% of GM stock; agrees to concessions on retiree health care obligations, labor rules 0 None
2009-05-27 Wall Street Journal examines group health insurance policies as option for uninsured 0 None
2009-05-27 Study finds no link between cost, quality of care 0 None
2009-05-27 Pledges to reduce health care costs, spending growth could violate antitrust laws, lawyers say 0 None
2009-05-27 Financial contracts to care for sick or aging relatives adding legal twist to family health care 0 None
2009-05-27 Preoperative team briefings improves communication, reduce medical errors 0 None
2009-05-26 Effect of the quality and outcomes framework on diabetes care in the UK 0 None
2009-05-26 U.S. bill would establish survey to collect health data from native Hawaiians, Pacific islanders 0 None
2009-05-26 Rep. Wolf says entitlement programs could affect U.S. bond rating 0 None
2009-05-26 Lawmakers prepare for health care reform action during Memorial Day recess; advocacy groups promote reform agendas 0 None
2009-05-26 Some small businesses must cut employee health benefits or lay off workers amid global downturn 0 None
2009-05-26 Few retail health clinics located in low-income areas, study finds 0 None
2009-05-26 'Homework assignment' could mean success, failure for health reform legislation 0 None
2009-05-26 Obama says he is 'absolutely committed' to health reform 0 None
2009-05-26 Future cancer care, can we afford it? 0 None
2009-05-25 Hospice care under-used by many terminally ill patients 0 None
2009-05-25 Penn study shows ‘in-store’ clinics more apt to be based in higher-income neighborhoods 0 None
2009-05-24 Australian Government shies away from election promise to takeover control of hospitals 0 None
2009-05-22 Indian Health Service releases $500 million in stimulus funding to improve health care for American Indian, Alaska native communities 0 None
2009-05-22 New Maryland law requires insurers to provide incentives for EHR adoption 1 None
2009-05-22 Connecticut House approves two health insurance pooling bills 0 None
2009-05-22 Reducing medical residents' hours would cost $2.5 billion annually, study says 0 None
2009-05-22 GM bankruptcy plan would use stock worth 39% of firm to fund half of VEBA obligation 0 None
2009-05-22 Sen. Baucus says health care overhaul will cover about 95% of citizens, will not cover undocumented immigrants 0 None
2009-05-22 WA Health workers stood down because of scam 0 None
2009-05-22 Yolo County, Calif., approves proposal to cut funding for health care services to undocumented immigrants 0 None
2009-05-22 Health information technology lobby group rallies support for certification group; critics question group's ties 0 None
2009-05-22 Wall Street Journal examines patients' confusion over coverage of preventive exams 0 None
2009-05-22 Department of Justice, HHS boosts number of investigators, prosecutors looking at Medicare, Medicaid fraud 0 None
2009-05-22 Senate Finance Committee discusses funding for health reform in final 'walk through' meeting 0 None
2009-05-22 Republicans introduce health reform plan that would provide tax credits to purchase health coverage, establish state insurance exchanges 0 None
2009-05-20 California primary care physician shortage affecting clinics that serve minority populations 0 None
2009-05-20 Investigation urgently needed into treatment of mentally ill immigration detainees at California facility, editorial states 0 None
2009-05-20 U.S. residents to pay greater share of employer-sponsored health insurance coverage in 2009 0 None
2009-05-20 New Democrat coalition proposes independent panel to oversee comparative effectiveness research 0 None
2009-05-20 Republicans to introduce health reform plan that would establish state health insurance exchanges, provide tax credits 0 None
2009-05-19 Pennsylvania House approves bill allowing young adults to remain on parents' health insurance policies up to age 29 0 None
2009-05-19 Hospital room design can have effect on patient care, outcomes, studies show 0 4
2009-05-19 Waits to see specialists in Boston increased to average of 50 days, study finds 0 None
2009-05-19 Sen. Olympia Snowe holds private meetings to discuss fallback public plan 0 None
2009-05-19 Senate Finance Committee releases policy paper describing options to pay for health overhaul 0 None
2009-05-18 Industry groups reiterate commitment to reduce health spending growth 1 None
2009-05-18 Washington Post examines lobbying efforts of health information technology industry 0 None
2009-05-18 California Governor outlines cuts to address State's budget deficit problems 0 None
2009-05-18 California mental health advocates raise concern over treatment of ICE detainees 0 None
2009-05-18 American Indian tribes to get $500 million in stimulus funds for health projects 0 None
2009-05-18 Recession is contributing to a decline in overall family health in the Hispanic community 0 None
2009-05-18 Patients want full access to all medical records - willing to make privacy concessions 0 None
2009-05-18 Ensuring seniors are safe and secure during emergencies 0 None
2009-05-18 What is the formula for sustainable healthcare reform? 1 None
2009-05-17 Early mobilization of patients in intensive care improves outcomes 0 None
2009-05-15 Insured immigrants have lower medical costs than U.S.-born citizens, study finds 0 None
2009-05-15 Chicago Tribune examines use of urgent care centers 0 None
2009-05-15 General Motors, United Auto Workers nearing deal to use company stock for half of VEBA obligation, sources say 1 None
2009-05-15 Senate Finance Committee holds second closed-door meeting on health care reform; details of House Energy and Commerce Committee overhaul plan leaked 0 None
2009-05-15 Obama campaign contributors being asked to donate to effort supporting health care reform 1 None
2009-05-15 Industry groups say White House overstated pledge to reduce health spending growth 0 None
2009-05-14 Don't punish people for just staying alive! 0 None
2009-05-14 Urgent Care Centers: Between the ER and the family doctor 0 None
2009-05-14 California ballot measures would have negative effect on health care access for children, immigrants, minority advocacy groups say 0 None
2009-05-14 Editorial says, Obama is “right to push for health care reform” 0 None
2009-05-14 Missouri Legislature passes bills that impose levies on health care providers to generate additional Federal Medicaid funding 0 None
2009-05-14 Senate Finance Committee to discuss public plan options; House Energy and Commerce Committee discusses state, regional plans 0 None
2009-05-14 Senate Democrats meet with White House adviser to craft response to Republican criticism on health reform 0 None
2009-05-13 Two New York State health agencies launch series of projects that seek to reduce racial health disparities 0 None
2009-05-13 Nevada Legislative Committee reinstates Governor's proposed Medicaid cuts 0 None
2009-05-13 Senate Finance Committee weighs proposal to tax employer health benefits, other plans to pay for health reform 0 None
2009-05-13 House Democrats say they will introduce reform legislation August recess; Obama Administration to look into wellness programs 0 None
2009-05-13 Medicare hospital fund will be insolvent by 2017, two years earlier than expected, trustees say 0 None
2009-05-13 Medicare information for caregivers now available on NIHSeniorHealth 0 None
2009-05-12 Gov. O'Malley signs two bills that set new rules for no-cost, low-cost hospital care, financial information 0 None
2009-05-12 Few dentists in Wisconsin accept patients enrolled in BadgerCare Plus 0 None
2009-05-12 More ‘walk-in clinics’ affiliated with hospitals, medical centers 0 5
2009-05-12 Blue Dog Coalition criticizes house health care leaders for developing legislation in secret 0 None
2009-05-12 Health industry groups pledge to reduce spending; some health advocates express skepticism about plan 0 None
2009-05-12 Obama calls for additional taxes to offset budgeting mistakes that overstated revenue for health reform 0 None
2009-05-12 West Virginia Gov. Manchin vetoes Medicaid mental health reimbursement hike 0 None
2009-05-12 Hospitals' efforts to reduce readmissions not recognized under current payment model 0 None
2009-05-12 Kaiser Health News/Philadelphia Inquirer examines college graduates' search for health insurance 0 None
2009-05-12 Lawmakers considering changing tax rules to allow employers to encourage wellness, prevention among workers 0 None
2009-05-12 Health industry members vow to reduce spending by $2 trillion over next 10 years; savings could help finance reform 0 None
2009-05-12 Senior Medicare beneficiaries give their coverage higher ratings than do those with ESI 0 None
2009-05-07 South Carolina health coverage, cigarette tax bill stalls in state Senate 1 None
2009-05-07 Supporters, opponents of comparative effectiveness research 'gearing up' to clash over planned efforts, New York Times reports 0 None
2009-05-07 Survey examines wait times for appointments with specialists in 15 U.S. cities 0 None
2009-05-07 Two government reports show little progress in improving patient safety; reducing racial, ethnic health disparities 0 None
2009-05-07 Obama to propose $17 billion in budget cuts 0 None
2009-05-07 Senate HELP committee to hold confirmation hearing on FDA commissioner nominee 0 None
2009-05-07 Sen. Grassley says he is confident President Obama wants bipartisan agreement on health reform 0 None
2009-05-06 Kaiser Permanente gives UCLA Hispanic physician recruitment program $2 million 0 None
2009-05-06 Georgia Governor signs bill to restructure state's health services 0 None
2009-05-06 WellCare agrees to pay $80 million to settle Florida Medicaid, CHIP fraud charges 0 None
2009-05-06 Tenet Healthcare reports first quarter profit, fewer hospital admissions 0 None
2009-05-06 President Obama discusses health reform prospects with House Democrats 0 None
2009-05-06 AHIP President, CEO says health insurance industry would accept stronger federal regulation, stop charging women higher premiums than men 0 None
2009-05-06 Australia's harm reduction strategies serve as model for other countries, UNAIDS official says 0 None
2009-05-06 Obama proposes $63 billion global health initiative over six years 0 None
2009-05-05 United Auto Workers planning to sell Chrysler stock obtained from bankruptcy deal to fund VEBA 0 None
2009-05-05 High health care costs affecting insured U.S. residents 0 None
2009-05-05 Obama to release budget proposal details on Thursday, including plans for 'integrity' initiatives for Medicaid, Medicare 0 None
2009-05-05 Congress not likely to pass permanent Medicare physician payment fix this year 0 None
2009-05-05 Sen. Schumer proposes holding public health insurance option to same standards, rules as private insurers 0 None
2009-05-05 CMS announces series of proposed regulations, including payment cuts 0 None
2009-05-05 Arizona agreement aims to extend PTSD treatment to Navajo nation 0 None
2009-05-05 Utah hospitals significantly affected by Medicaid reimbursement cuts 0 None
2009-05-05 Chrysler deal could jeopardize retiree health benefits if restructured company does not return to profitability 0 None
2009-05-05 Few hospitals have adopted a no-cost electronic health records system offered by VA 0 None
2009-05-05 CMS announces series of proposed regulations, including payment cuts 0 None
2009-05-05 Social security benefits likely will not increase in 2010, would have 'major implications' on Medicare Parts B, D 9 None
2009-05-05 Kaiser Health News/Philadelphia Inquirer examines proposal that would allow people ages 55 to 64 to buy into Medicare 0 None
2009-05-04 Hospital volume an imperfect proxy for healthcare quality 0 None
2009-05-04 e-prescribing boosts efficiency, may lead to improved quality of care 0 None
2009-05-04 Private Medicare Advantage to receive $11.4 billion more in 2009 0 None


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