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Troy McQuagge Joins Key Executive Group at Security Health Advisors L.L.C
Health insurance industry veteran sees remarkable growth potential for Grapevine, TX based sales group.

Infant Sleep Positioners Dangerous, U.S. Health Officials Warn
Title: Infant Sleep Positioners Dangerous, U.S. Health Officials Warn Category: Health News Created: 9/29/2010 4:10:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 9/30/2010

Health Highlights: Sept. 29, 2010
Title: Health Highlights: Sept. 29, 2010 Category: Health News Created: 9/29/2010 12:10:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 9/30/2010

Health information technology is focus of AAP symposium
( American Academy of Pediatrics ) David Blumenthal, M.D., will discuss the impact of health information technology on pediatric practice during a "Pediatrics for the 21st Century" symposium at 1 p.m. PT Friday, Oct. 1, as part of the National Conference and Exhibition of the American Academy of Pediatrics in San Francisco.

Health week focuses on Latino population in Merced County
Ignorance is not bliss -- especially if you're sick and need medical treatment in Merced County.Lillian Sanchez said people need to change the health trends hereabouts.

Atlantic Health and Newton Memorrial are latest NJ hospitals in bid to merge
Newton Memorial Hospital will merge with the Atlantic Health, which operates Morristown Memorial Hospital, after months of negotiations that ended with an agreement announced Thursday.

New Health Care Funding Could Impact Local Community Health Center
More funding is rolling out to health care centers, under the new Health Care Law; and some of that money could be making its way to the Valley.

No plan to drop health care: McD's
While the new health-care law could make it difficult for companies such as McDonald's to continue offering limited insurance coverage to low-wage workers, the fast-food giant denied a Wall Street Journal report that it's threatening to drop coverage for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant employees.Oak Brook-based McDonald's offers limited coverage to workers at 10,500 mostly franchised restaurants ...

Sask. Health Minister rules some publicly funded day surgeries can go ahead
Health Minister Don McMorris announced Thursday that a private surgical centre in Saskatoon can begin performing some publicly funded day surgeries, even as an arbitrator's ruling fuelled political debate about the use of a private facility in Regina.

Health care reform: will it empower or perplex consumers?
Are American consumers "health literate" enough to play a leading role in their health care and coverage decisions?

Health care reform: employees face greater cost-sharing
Americans who have health insurance through large, employer-sponsored health plans will see a number of plan design changes in 2011, and they'll be paying more for that coverage, employers and benefits consultants say.

Private health company donates electronic medical dictionary and translator
Kaiser Permanente gives away database of medical terms Kaiser Permanente this week announced it has given away its electronic database of medical terminology, which acts as a translation engine for physicians, clinicians and patients, as part of an effort to help ease the adoption of electronic medical records. The health care provider said it has donated the Convergent Medical Terminology (CMT ...

Health Cuts Could Hit Patient Care BMA Warns
Health watchdogs have warned Government reforms could harm patient care and "undermine" the future of the NHS.

How health insurance is changing in 2011
This year's open enrollment period, when employees choose their health insurance for the following year, will follow a familiar pattern. Higher premiums. More co-payments. Expanded deductibles.

A council for human resource in health soon: Prime Minister
New Delhi, Oct 1 : Stressing on the need to revamp the health education system in the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday said that a bill for the formation of a council for human resource in health will be introduced in parliament soon.

Health care needs expressed in assessment
SELINSGROVE - During the summer and fall of 2009, a community needs assessment was completed by Dr. Sharon Larson of the Geisinger Center for Health Research under a competitively funded contract with ACTION Health, a locally designated State Health Impr

Health-care law may threaten limited insurance plans
INDIANAPOLIS - The new health-care law could make it difficult for companies such as McDonald's to continue offering limited insurance coverage to their low-wage workers.

Foes spar over future of health care
Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona said yesterday that they would preserve the state's Prepaid Health Care Act, which requires businesses to provide health insurance for employees, but indicated that the state law might have to be changed to remain financially sound.

Atlantic Health and Newton Memorial are latest NJ hospitals in bid to merge
Newton Memorial Hospital will merge with the Atlantic Health, which operates Morristown Memorial Hospital, after months of negotiations that ended with an agreement announced Thursday.

DeCristoforo leaving Health for All Project after 10 years - Fri, 01 Oct 2010 PST
Few people have done as much to connect Spokane County residents with health care coverage as Ralph DeCristoforo, who retires today as Health for All Project coordinator at the Spokane nonprofit agency Community-Minded Enterprises. The 59-year-old former Air Force captain, who recently underwent surgery for back injuries suffered in the military, sees health care as a social support necessary ...

A council for human resource in health soon: PM
Stressing on the need to revamp the health education system in the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday said that a bill for the formation of a council for human resource in health will be introduced in parliament soon.

Schwarzenegger signs major health care bills
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday signed seven major health care-reform bills, including legislation establishing a Web-based insurance exchange that will allow consumers to comparison-shop for coverage.

Health insurance reform making an impact
New federal rules governing health care, known as the Affordable Care Act, took effect this week, with provisions designed to aid individuals, businesses and educational institutions.

State Health Plan in North Carolina Selects ActiveHealth Management to Help Improve Health of Teachers and State ...
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ActiveHealth will provide population health management services and help state providers adopt a community-based Patient-Centered Medical Home to improve health and care for members.

Bending the Health Care Cost Curve
Public health experts from inside and outside the Beltway gathered at the Newseum Thursday to… United States - Health care - Health - Dow Chemical Company - Commonwealth Fund

Health and Weight in America
Thought leaders in the field of health care, obesity, and nutrition met Thursday morning at the… Health - United States - Chief Executive Officer - Obesity - Health care

Health Tip: Living With Multiple Sclerosis
(HealthDay News) -- Although multiple sclerosis lasts a lifetime, symptoms may come and go.

Health Tip: Frequently Feeling Thirsty?
(HealthDay News) -- It's important to drink plenty of water, but feeling thirsty all or most of the time can signal a medical problem.

Health Department issues mosquito advisory after West Nile virus found in Martin County
Avoid mosquitoes — that's the latest advice from the Martin County Health Department.

The GOP Eyes Defunding Health Reform
The House Republican plan to deny funds to Obama's health overhaul could be difficult and risky

Will Health Reform Save Money?
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts that, despite the almost $1 trillion price tag, health reform will actually save the government money in the long run. How can that be? The answer, according to CBO, is that the spending is offset by cutbacks in other areas and by a number of new taxes. How accurate is the CBO’s prediction, and what effect will health reform really have on ...

CDC chief picks 6 'winnable battles' in health
Where would you start if you were charged with keeping the nation healthy? Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has chosen six priorities — winnable battles, he calls them. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Health - United States - Tom Frieden - Government

Governor signs bills for health care exchange
California on Thursday became the first state in the nation to start setting up a health care exchange, the virtual marketplace where consumers will be able to buy coverage under the new federal health law. Gov. Arnold... California - Arnold Schwarzenegger - United States - Health care reform - Health care

Sanofi, Merck Said to Ready $1 Billion Animal-Health Asset Sale
Sanofi-Aventis SA and Merck & Co. plan to sell animal-health assets valued at about $1 billion after agreeing to combine their veterinary-medicine businesses this year, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Health Department issues mosquito advisory after West Nile virus found in Martin County
Avoid mosquitoes — that's the latest advice from the Martin County Health Department.

Health minister reveals plan to ban drop-side cribs
The federal health minister, saying she would "never buy" a drop-side crib, announced plans Wednesday to ban the controversial cribs in the wake of numerous recalls in Canada and multiple baby deaths in the United States.

Poll: Many think health overhaul should do more
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has divided the nation, and Republicans believe their call for repeal will help them win elections in November. But the picture’s not that clear cut.

Sanofi, Merck Said to Ready $1 Billion Animal-Health Asset Sale
Sanofi-Aventis SA and Merck & Co. plan to sell animal-health assets valued at about $1 billion after agreeing to combine their veterinary-medicine businesses this year, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Health care cost up for Tulare County workers
Tulare County employees already dealing with pay freezes and work furloughs will see their health-insurance rates go up more than 12 percent next year.

Today's Opinions: Concerns About ACOs; Obama Challenged On Health Care Claims; Scare Tactics
ACOs: Danger Lurks In Health-Care Reform (Calif.) Capitol Weekly There is a very real danger that by the time policy makers get around to reading and understanding this section of law (on accountable care organizations) that the health care marketplace will have irreversibly changed (Dustin Corcoran, 9/30). No, You Can't Keep Your Current Health Coverage American Spectator Campaigning in Des ...

Health Law's Boost For ACOs Gains Momentum But Faces Possible Legal Hurdles
News outlets report on possible obstacles to the formation of accountable care organizations - hospitals and physicians working together to improve the quality of patient care while controlling costs. California Healthline: "Health care providers are rushing to create new structures that could eventually qualify as ACOs, putting them in line for added reimbursements under health reform. But are ...

House Passes Health Bill For 9/11 Workers, Grandfathering Resolution Fails In Senate
The Hill's Healthwatch Blog: The House Wednesday approved a bill to cover the health care costs for emergency workers who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. "The tally was 268 to 160, with 17 Republicans supporting the measure and three Democrats voting against it. ... House passage followed months of contentious debate over whether the federal government has an obligation to pay ...

New Reports Underscore A Litany Of Health Law Implementation Obstacles
Obstacles to the implementation of the health overhaul abound, including lawsuits, regulatory issues, concerns about patients' choice, and, of course, costs. The Christian Science Monitor: "President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23. Within minutes, 14 state attorneys general filed lawsuits in federal courts in Virginia and Florida challenging the ...

Health Reform Law Bubbling Up As Campaign Issue
The Associated Press: Lawmakers have left Washington to campaign and focus on their messages regarding the economy and health care. "Majority Democrats facing significant losses in the wake of unpopular bills to stimulate the economy and overhaul the nation's health care laws sought to do their party no further harm on Capitol Hill" (Kellman and Abrams, 9/30). In a separate story, The Associated ...

Haitian Health Festival is Saturday in Germantown
This year's Haitian health fair in Germantown is more vital than ever, organizers say, because of continued fallout from January's earthquake.

Hawaii governor hopefuls spar over health issues
Republican James "Duke" Aiona and Democrat Neil Abercrombie sparred Thursday over how national health care reform will impact Hawaii's 36-year-old law that requires businesses to provide health insurance to full-time workers.

Health department assessment reveals 11 departments in the red
PENDER COUNTY – The initial financial assessment into the Pender County Health Department is a mixed bag of information — some good and some not so good.

Snyder calls for increased mental health funding during radio show
Lansing -- Increased investment in mental health would result in long-term savings for the state, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder said this morning on a call-in radio program on the Michigan Public Radio Network.

Calif. governor acts on health care, foster care
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made California the first state to create an insurance exchange under new federal health care reform as he ended the bill signing period Thursday by also approving bills addressing topics ranging from kindergarten to foster care.

Health Unit to provide flu shots Oct. 28
The Jacksonville Health Unit will provide seasonal flu shots at Jacksonville Community Center at 1 Municipal Drive from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 28.

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