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    $225 Million Medicare Fraud Exposed

    $225 Million Medicare Fraud Exposed
    More than 100 doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals were arrested Thursday, Feb. 17, in what is being called as the "biggest crackdown ever in a single day in connection with Medicare fraud," according to CNN. According to various news reports, authorities arrested suspects across the nation in LA, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn, Tampa, and Baton Rouge, uncovering an ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Jared Loughner, Schizophrenia, and Mental Health Care in America

    Jared Loughner, Schizophrenia, and Mental Health Care in America
    We still don't know what Jared Loughner's motives were, but the media's preferred adjective to describe him, "troubled," certainly seems apt. From his YouTube videos, filled as they are with nonsensical, vaguely paranoid syllogisms, he comes off as a cross between Glenn Beck and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Many in the media have speculated that he might suffer from schizophrenia. While it's certainly ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Health Law Will Make Calorie Counts Hard to Ignore

    Health Law Will Make Calorie Counts Hard to Ignore
    WASHINGTON (AP) - That Caesar salad you're about to eat? It's 800 calories, and that's without the croutons. The fettuccine alfredo? A whopping 1,220 calories. You may choose to ignore the numbers, but soon it's going to be tough to deny you saw them. A requirement tucked into the nation's massive health care bill will make calorie counts impossible for thousands ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Obama Puts Forward Last-Ditch Health Care Plan

    Obama Puts Forward Last-Ditch Health Care Plan
    WASHINGTON - Making a last-ditch effort to save his health care overhaul, President Barack Obama on Monday put forward a nearly $1 trillion, 10-year compromise that would allow the government to deny or roll back egregious insurance premium increases that infuriate consumers. The White House immediately demanded an up-or-down vote in Congress on the plan, or something close to it. But ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Insurers Mount Attack Against Health Reform

    Insurers Mount Attack Against Health Reform
    WASHINGTON - The health insurance industry is warning that a comprehensive Senate bill would increase the cost of a typical policy by hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars a year after lawmakers eased up on the requirement that all Americans get coverage. The stinging attack came on the eve of a pivotal Senate vote and was a clear message to President ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    US, Other Nations Stop Counting Pandemic Flu Cases

    US, Other Nations Stop Counting Pandemic Flu Cases
    ATLANTA - U.S. health officials have lost track of how many illnesses and deaths have been caused by the first global flu epidemic in 40 years. And they did it on purpose. Government doctors stopped counting swine flu cases in July, when they estimated more than 1 million were infected in this country. The number of deaths has been sitting at ...
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    Wyeth Sues FDA to Block Rival Generic Antibiotic

    Wyeth Sues FDA to Block Rival Generic Antibiotic
    TRENTON, N.J. - Drugmaker Wyeth on Wednesday sued the Food and Drug Administration to block the sale of a generic rival to its intravenous antibiotic Zosyn, claiming the generic is not an equivalent product and could harm critically ill patients. Madison, N.J.-based Wyeth filed a federal lawsuit against the FDA, seeking both a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction. The ...
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    New NJ Law on Hospital Mistakes

    New NJ Law on Hospital Mistakes
    We've all heard stories of people who enter a hospital for an operation or other treatment, only to wind up worse off after a surgeon accidentally left a sponge inside their bodies or the patient was infected by an unsanitary surgical tool. Under the law, non-profit hospitals are immune from lawsuits for such mistakes (only the specific doctors who performed the ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    White House Seeks Ways to Curb Malpractice Suits

    White House Seeks Ways to Curb Malpractice Suits
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Thursday announced $25 million in grants for states and health care systems to experiment with alternatives to costly medical malpractice lawsuits, an issue that long has divided Washington. The grants, up to $3 million each for three years, can cover a range of ideas, including programs in which doctors and hospitals quickly acknowledge a mistake, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    HHS Announces Medicare Pilot Program

    HHS Announces Medicare Pilot Program
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration announced a new Medicare pilot program Wednesday to strengthen primary care services for patients and cut costly emergency room visits - by offering financial incentives to doctors. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the three-year pilot program would begin early next year and is modeled after a program being tested in Vermont. Under the ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    NY Nurse Bill on Life Watch

    NY Nurse Bill on Life Watch
    Gov. David Paterson has until Wednesday to sign or veto a law that would let hospital consumers know more about the quality of nursing care, and the New York Nurses Association and the hospital lobby are at odds trying to influence the governor. The bill in question passed unanimously in the Assembly, where it has passed before. It was overwhelmingly approved ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    UPMC, AGH Nurses Meet With Obama to Talk Health Care

    UPMC, AGH Nurses Meet With Obama to Talk Health Care
    WASHINGTON -- The morning after addressing Congress, President Barack Obama seemed energized as he met a UPMC Shadyside oncology nurse whose tale he was using as part of a call for nurses' support in the health care debate. Theresa Brown described the president as "ebullient" as he embarked on an aggressive push yesterday to build on his speech to swing the ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    FDA Panel Backs Glaxo's Cervical Vaccine for Women

    FDA Panel Backs Glaxo's Cervical Vaccine for Women
    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials said Wednesday a long-delayed vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline successfully blocks the leading virus that causes cervical cancer in women. The Food and Drug Administration's vaccine panel voted overwhelmingly that the vaccine Cervarix appears safe and effective for girls and women ages 10 to 25. If the FDA follows the group's advice, Glaxo would begin competing against Merck's ...
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    1,200 Nurses Make a House Call to Dianne Feinstein To Demand She Cosponsor Employee Free Choice Act

    1,200 registered nurses representing every state in the union will make a house call to Dianne Feinstein this Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. to demand she become a cosponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act. The nurse action will come as part of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee national convention. The nurses will leave a rose with a personalized note ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Republicans Offer Seniors Health 'Bill of Rights'

    Republicans Offer Seniors Health 'Bill of Rights'
    Republicans are targeting older Americans worried about President Barack Obama's health overhaul plans with a "seniors' health care bill of rights." The six principles outlined Monday by the Republican National Committee include protecting Medicare, prohibiting rationing of health care based on age and making sure government doesn't get between seniors and their doctors. The Obama administration has insisted repeatedly that it ...
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    HHS: $13.4 Mil. in Financial Assistance to Nurses

    HHS: $13.4 Mil. in Financial Assistance to Nurses
    HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr today announced the release of $13.4 million for loan repayments to nurses who agree to practice in facilities with critical shortages and for schools of nursing to provide loans to students who will become nurse faculty. The funds were made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed Feb. 17, 2009, by President Obama. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +5
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    House Permits Needle Exchange Programs

    House Permits Needle Exchange Programs
    WASHINGTON – The House voted Friday to lift a ban on using taxpayer dollars for needle exchange programs for intravenous drug users intended to prevent the spread of HIV and other diseases. The vote to lift a longstanding ban on federal aid for such programs — in place since 1988 — came after a brief but passionate debate on an amendment ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    House Dems Move to Vote on Health Bill

    House Dems Move to Vote on Health Bill
    WASHINGTON – House Democrats on Thursday pushed ahead with legislation that would deliver on President Barack Obama's promise to remake the health care system and cover some 50 million uninsured, despite concerns from their own party's moderate and conservative lawmakers that the $1.5 trillion plan costs too much. Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf warned lawmakers the legislation that he has ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Surgeon General Pick 'Would Do Anything to Heal'

    Surgeon General Pick 'Would Do Anything to Heal'
    President Obama on Monday nominated for surgeon general an influential rural family physician who has spent the past two decades caring for a shrimping community along the Gulf Coast. Obama said Regina Benjamin understands the needs of the poor and uninsured and is a tireless promoter of wellness programs, making her qualified to be America's advocate during health care reforms. Benjamin ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FDA Panel Recommends Smaller Doses of Painkillers

    FDA Panel Recommends Smaller Doses of Painkillers
    ADELPHI, Md. - Government experts say the maximum dose listed for Tylenol and dozens of other painkillers should be reduced to help curb deadly overdoses. In a series of votes Tuesday, a Food and Drug Administration panel endorsed lowering the maximum dose of over-the-counter acetaminophen - the key ingredient in Tylenol, Excedrin and other medications. But panelists rejected a proposal to ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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