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Orion Health Announces Complete, Customizable Health Information Exchange solution
Orion Health announces that its Health Information Exchange (HIE) solution has been enhanced to include a modular suite of components that allows Healthcare organizations to more easily tailor a solution to meet their unique HIE needs. Santa Monica, CA (Vocus) November 30, 2010 Orion Health today announces that its Health Information Exchange (HIE) solution has been enhanced to include a modular ...

Fitbie: MSN and Rodale Launch Health and Fitness Site
MSN is launching a new health and fitness site called Fitbie today, in partnership with Rodale. It's yet another move into niche content sites by the Microsoft portal, similar to those being made by AOL, Yahoo and Demand Media in an effort to dominate key consumer categories.

Health forum sees sacrifices for doctors, insurers
Health care costs can’t continue to rise rapidly without crippling the state’s economy and public services. But efforts to rein them in will require new team-based health care payment and delivery approaches, which would demand sacrifices from hospitals, doctors, and insurers.

Health forum sees sacrifices for doctors, insurers
Health care costs can’t continue to rise rapidly without crippling the state’s economy and public services. But efforts to rein them in will require new team-based health care payment and delivery approaches, which would demand sacrifices from hospitals, doctors, and insurers.

Health care costs for retirees could top $100,000
Life Inc.: Even with Medicare coverage, new research finds that 65-year-olds who retire this year could need more than $100,000 to cover co-pays, premiums and other non-reimbursed medical expenses through retirement.

Fayette County Health Department urging flu shots
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department encourages everyone ages 6 months and older to get a

Health Minister Turns Dancer
It has become evident that the Evans Atta Mills-led government cannot and would not fulfill its promise to run a one-time premium payment for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Announces Partnership with Linkwell Health
New Coupon Program for Members Focuses on Health & WellnessNEEDHAM, Mass., -- Blue Cross and Blu...

Wyoming Gov. Freudenthal OKs health care rules
Wyoming could begin enrolling people in a state-funded health care program before the end of the year, Gov. Dave Freudenthal announced Tuesday.

Health Law Causing Ripples In Congress, Insurance Industry, Among Doctors
The Washington Post: "One of the most significant savings envisioned in the new health- care law - limiting payments to the private health plans that cover 11 million older Americans under Medicare - is, so far, bringing little of the turbulence that the insurance industry and many Republicans predicted. ... Early clues to the actual effects have now materialized, as elderly Americans may sign ...

Health Canada sets tougher safety rules for cribs, cradles
OTTAWA - Health Canada wants stricter safety rules for cribs, cradles and bassinets. Amendments to the Hazardous Products Act will broaden the definition of crib to include portable models and stand-alone bassinets.

Health strikers go back
A UNION organiser claims more than 60 Queensland Health medical professionals across Ipswich walked off the job in yesterday's strike action.

Judge dismisses Liberty U. challenge to health care law
Liberty University’s lawsuit challenging the new federal health care law was dismissed Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon in Lynchburg.

Residents request efficient, accessible health care
Maryland residents want a health care system that is efficient, inexpensive, accessible to the poor and culturally competent said a diverse group of activists and health-care professionals last Monday during a health forum hosted by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center to host health care symposium
( Mayo Clinic ) In a sustained effort to seek consensus-driven priorities that would build a high-value health care system, the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center will host a symposium Dec. 5-7 entitled "Achieving the Vision: Advancing High-Value Health Care."

Health Care REIT increases and prices offering
Health Care REIT Inc. said Wednesday that it increased its public offering of stock to 10 million shares and priced the stock at $43.75 apiece.

Health Highlights: Dec. 1, 2010
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health Care Models: Accountable Care Organizations, Medical Homes
Kansas Health Institute News Service examines accountable care organizations (ACOs): "In an effort to combat the lack of coordination that is widely recognized as a major shortcoming of the current health system, the new federal health reform law includes provisions intended to encourage wider use of Accountable Care Organizations or ACOs." Via Christi Health and Advantra Total Care will launch ...

Health forum sees sacrifices for doctors, insurers
Health care costs can't continue to rise rapidly without crippling the state's economy and public services. But efforts to rein them in will require new team-based health care payment and delivery approaches, which would demand sacrifices from hospitals, doctors, and insurers.

Improving Americans' health takes a community
The government's new 10-year blueprint to improve Americans' health aims to help whole communities get in better shape, not just the couch potatoes.

Latest court ruling adds to conflict over health care reform
Another federal judge has upheld the legality of the sweeping health care reform requirement that most Americans purchase health insurance by 2014.

Health care reform aims to encourage more cancer screenings
The federal health care reform law is designed to encourage people to get colonoscopies and mammograms by removing the financial cost to consumers, but consumers shouldn't assume their screenings will, in fact, be free.

Government tight-lipped about health strike backlog
Queensland Health (QH) is not saying how long it will take to clear a backlog caused by yesterday's strike of allied health workers across the state.

Government tight-lipped about health strike backlog
Queensland Health (QH) is not saying how long it will take to clear a backlog caused by yesterday's strike of allied health workers across the state.

Health-care reform law is constitutional, federal judge rules
Legal challenges to health-care reform include a lawsuit filed on behalf of Liberty University in Virginia. On Tuesday, a federal judge dismissed that suit. Others remain outstanding.

Health officials: Malaria case in Duval may have been acquired locally
Duval County health officials issued an unusual warning Wednesday: Beware of malaria.

Rethink on mental health service
More than £500m could be saved if mental health services in England were run more efficiently, a report says.

Health inspector scam targets businesses
Nash County health officials are warning restaurant owners to be careful of a scam targeting food service establishments.

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Tension at health department
A former employee of the Forsyth County Department of Public Health said yesterday that Dr. Tim Monroe, the health director, unfairly disciplined her and another supervisor, saying in part that Monroe showed favoritism toward minority employees.

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Health Services guides students on AIDS day
Health Update In light of World AIDS Day, the Center for Health and Wellness at Keene State College provided free HIV testing in the Student Center, as well as several programs to promote awareness for HIV/AIDS and sexual health. ...

Health Alert For Westwood Deli Patrons
Patrons who ate sandwiches from Jerry's Deli in Westwood on four days in November were strongly urged by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to get an immune globulin shot or a hepatitis A vaccine.

Health Tip: Symptoms That May Indicate Cataracts
Title: Health Tip: Symptoms That May Indicate Cataracts Category: Health News Created: 12/1/2010 10:05:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 12/1/2010

Health Tip: Conditions That May Trigger Pelvic Pain in Women
Title: Health Tip: Conditions That May Trigger Pelvic Pain in Women Category: Health News Created: 12/1/2010 10:05:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 12/1/2010

Health Highlights: Nov. 30, 2010
Title: Health Highlights: Nov. 30, 2010 Category: Health News Created: 11/30/2010 4:05:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 12/1/2010

Health premiums surge 41%; Md., D.C. among costliest areas to insure
Premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance increased an average of 41 percent across states from 2003 to 2009, more than three times faster than median incomes, and Maryland's rise was among the highest, at 50 percent, according to a report to be released Thursday by the Commonwealth...

Deficit panel tackles health care costs
The health care cuts proposed by President Barack Obama's deficit commission would reach virtually every corner of society, making cost curbs in the new overhaul law look tame by comparison.

Deficit panel takes tough stance on health costs
(12-02) 09:02 PST WASHINGTON (AP) -- The health care cuts proposed by leaders of President Barack Obama's deficit commission would reach virtually every corner of society, making cost curbs in the new overhaul law look...

Project gives health care to low-income Detroit children
Henry Ford Health System and the nonprofit Children's Health Fund are teaming up to provide health care services to up to 1,500 low-income Detroit children a year through the Children's Health Project of Detroit.

Public Health Key Challenge For A Generation, Says RCN, UK
Solving the nation's public health crisis is the 'key health challenge for a generation', the Royal College of Nursing said. Dr Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, was speaking as he welcomed the Government's White Paper on Public Health 'Healthy Lives, Healthy People'. He said: "We welcome this Public Health White Paper as preventative care is vital in today's NHS and the key ...

Health Protection Agency Welcomes Publication Of Public Health White Paper - Healthy Lives Healthy People, UK
The Health Protection Agency welcomes the publication of the public health White Paper - Healthy Lives, Healthy People. The paper sets out the Government's commitment to establish Public Health England, a service which would include the current functions of the Health Protection Agency. David Heymann, Chairman of the HPA, said, "This paper sets out the Government's commitment to health ...

Improving Americans' Health Takes a Community
The government's new 10-year blueprint to improve Americans' health aims to help whole communities get in better shape, not just the couch potatoes

Health Pulse - Health and Human Services considers budget cuts
The state's Department of Health and Human Services would have to cut nearly $21 million next year in community mental health, developmental disability and substance abuse services to meet even the most-optimistic targets for budget reductions.

Deficit panel tackles health care costs
The health care cuts proposed by leaders of President Barack Obama's deficit commission would reach virtually every corner of society, making cost curbs in the new overhaul law look tame by comparison.

America’s new health resolutions — for 2020
America’s new health resolutions — for 2020 The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Dec 2, 2010 08:30AM MDT Federal officials are set to unveil on Thursday the nation’s Healthy People 2020 plan — health standards the country should aim to hit in the coming decade. The Healthy People goals list targets for more than 400 measures, from seat belt use to cancer rates. Healthy People 2010 had 467 objectives ...

Report Analyzes Global Health Funding Trends, Predicts Lower Funding Growth
A report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) finds that the recent global economic downturn "hasn't quelled generous government and private donors from giving record amounts to improve global health," but the analysis also revealed "that growth in funding is beginning to taper off, cut by more than half between 2008 and 2010," the Seattle Times' "The Business of Giving ...

Health Department warns of Norovirus
Officials with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan are concerned about an increase in Norovirus complaints and are offering advice on how to protect your family.

Health Net Federal Services and the USO of Metropolitan Washington Team Up for Annual Celebration of Children
Health Net Federal Services, LLC, part of the Government Contracts segment of Health Net, Inc. , recently announced its annual Celebration of Children to be hosted in conjunction with United Service Organizations of Metropolitan Washington.

Hospitals, Labor Unions Blast Health Care Cost Cuts in Deficit Commission Plan
Regardless of the deficit commission's decision to leave the new health care law intact, other proposed cost curbs would impact everyone's coverage.

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