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Denver Health revamps ambulance policy after criticism of response time
Denver Health Medical Center is revamping its policy for responding to structure fires after it took an ambulance 15 minutes — six minutes longer than protocol — to respond this week to a fire that put three members of a family in the hospital.

Health Management Associates completes purchase of Mercy Health Partners
The changeover from Mercy Health Partners to Tennova Healthcare officially begins today. The sale of six Mercy hospitals from Catholic Healthcare Partners to Health Management Associates was completed this week, with the state attorney general giving its final approval on Thursday.

Health care law looms over new Supreme Court term
The nine justices of the Supreme Court, who serve without seeking election, soon will have to decide whether to insert themselves into the center of the presidential campaign next year.

Closing SF health care loophole debate heats up
A proposal to close a loophole in the San Francisco law mandating employers provide some funding for workers' health care costs now has the backing of a Board of Supervisors' majority and an all-but promised veto by...

Health ULIPs come with strings attached
Though most people use mediclaim policies to take care of their health insurance, they have a problem. A medi-claim policy usually covers expenses incurred on hospitalisation up to a maximum ‘sum assured' under the policy. But what if the cash you need overshoots this sum assured?

Uninsured health situation worsens in South Florida
Lack of health insurance in South Florida -- long a problem in blue-collar areas like Hialeah -- has now become a major concern even in the middle-class suburbs of Kendall, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.

Health care vs. wealth care: a victim's perspective
Ethan McKenzie didn't have to read Dr. Rob Stone's article " Health care vs. wealth care in America " to know how screwed he is by the U.S. "health-care" industry.

Searching for health coverage can be arduous
Like many her age, Mary Ann Mason of Venango County fell through one of the biggest trap doors in the American health care system -- too young for Medicare, too much retirement income to qualify for Medicaid or similar low-income insurance programs, and one too many health problems to buy an affordable individual plan on the open market.

For Small Business, Bad News on Health Care Costs Isn't as Bad
Yes, the rates are going up -- but it's even worse for large companies.

Health care tops US Supreme Court docket
Profanity on television, police use of GPS without a warrant, and the status of Jerusalem on passports are grist for the new US Supreme Court session opening Monday, but the main event will be President Barack Obama's landmark health care reform.

Child health 'contrast' concerns
The contrast between the health of babies born in poor and more affluent areas of north Wales is branded "unacceptable" by a public health official.

US Supreme Court opens, likely to wade into health care debate
It seems inevitable that the US Supreme Court will agree to hear the legal challenge to President Obama’s health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act. As the court opens Monday, gun laws, immigration, racial preferences, and separation of church and state loom as major issues as well.

Prescriptions Blog: New Survey Projects Higher Employee Health Premiums
Another survey of major employers shows that workers may shoulder an even larger burden of health care premiums in 2012.

Health reform worries insurers
Federal health insurance requirements are causing some uncertainty about the future of Guam's health insurance industry and the jobs it provides.

Health Leaders Vow to Reduce Maternal Deaths
Washington, D.C., 29 September 2011 (PAHO/WHO) – Health leaders from throughout the Americas endorsed a plan of action today to speed up reductions in maternal mortality, prevent serious maternal morbidity, and raise awareness of maternal morbidity and mortality in the hemisphere.

Health briefs for the Grand Strand
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Gaffes mar health schemes
"We will now try and target specific areas for better performance," she said.

How to switch your health insurer
With health insurance portability you can shift to a new insurer without losing the benefits of the existing policy. Here’s what you should know

Mental health beds 'not needed'
A NORTHERN NSW Local Health District spokesman believes the Clarence Valley does not have the "critical mass" of population to support an overnight mental health facility, despite there being overnight facilities in Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Coffs Harbour and Lismore.

Hercules Health Scare: TV Star Kevin Sorbo Reveals He Struggled With a Series of Strokes
Even Hercules can have health problems. Actor Kevin Sorbo, the chiseled star of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Andromeda and Soul Surfer revealed a secret he has been keeping from...

Investment in research to explore quake health impacts
The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (CMRF) have made a joint investment into five research projects, which explore the health implications of the Canterbury earthquakes.

Your Soaring Health Insurance Premiums
Don’t blame health care reform, which offers the best hope for restraint. Look to increased medical care costs and higher profits for insurance companies.

United Health will market lower-cost hearing aids
UnitedHealth Group is looking to shake up the hearing aid market.

Mid-City clinic offers health care to the uninsured
Care is available on certain days at First Grace United Methodist on Canal Street

Health Happenings
UPMC St. Margaret is holding a free wellness fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at its Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center, 5475 Penn Ave., Garfield. Included are blood pressure screenings, "Ask the Doctor," "Ask the Pharmacist" and "Ask the Dentist" sessions, information on family health services, immunization schedules, an adult flu clinic and giveaways. Call 412-361-7562.

Health calendar: 10/3/11
Special events: UPMC St. Margaret is holding a free wellness fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at its Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center, 5475 Penn Ave., Garfield.

health Nut tries to practie what she preaches
Two weeks ago I realized that I, “The Health Nut,” was no longer healthy. I’d been placing work, family and other (admittedly important) obligations above my own well being, and as a result everything suffered.

Showdown coming in Minn. over health exchanges
Health insurance exchanges are one of the pillars of the federal health care overhaul. Under the law, Minnesota, like all states, will eventually have an exchange -- an online marketplace where consumers and small businesses can compare and buy health plans. But there's a battle shaping up over who will design and run it.

Health care tops high court docket
One of the little-known prerogatives of the U.S. Supreme Court is the justices' discretion to refuse any case on the merits presented to them for review. Only one in 10 petitions actually gets accepted. But though the justices usually say no, when epic disputes arrive at the courthouse steps -- by tradition and political reality -- the nine members know they are powerless to turn away.

Health care, other cases promise landmark court term
When epic disputes arrive at the Supreme Court, the nine members know they can't turn them away. Think segregation. Think abortion. And now the latest debate over the role of government: health care reform.

Health care, other hot issues promise a landmark high court term
One of the little-known prerogatives of the U.S. Supreme Court is the justices' discretion to refuse any case on the merits presented to them for review. Only one in 10 petitions actually gets accepted. But though the justices usually say no, when epic disputes arrive at the courthouse steps -- by tradition and political reality -- the nine members know they are powerless to turn away.

Questioning the health secretary's figures
Government NHS spending queried

Could Soccer Help Improve Health in the Homeless?
Playing a pickup soccer game two or three times a week could improve health among homeless men, a new study finds.

Meridian Health and iMPak Health Tap T-Mobile to Deploy Near Field Communication Technology for Mobile Health ...
Meridian Health, a leading not-for-profit health care organization, and iMPak Health, a joint venture of Swedish-based chip developer Cypak A.B., today announced the successful deployment of their SleepTrak sleep monitoring offerings on T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G network.

Showdown coming in Minn. over health exchanges
Health insurance exchanges are one of the pillars of the federal health care overhaul. Under the law, Minnesota, like all states, will eventually have an exchange -- an online marketplace where consumers and small businesses can compare and buy health plans. But there's a battle shaping up over who will design and run it.

Health care looms for Supreme Court
Obama's major domestic accomplishment in high court's agenda at outset of new term

House Sets Up Battle on Labor, Education and Health Funding
A Republican bill would curtail spending on the health care law, Planned Parenthood, Pell grants and Race to the Top education incentives.

House Sets Up Battle on Labor, Education and Health Budgets
A Republican bill would curtail spending on the health care law, Planned Parenthood, Pell grants and Race to the Top education incentives.

Health care looms large over US top court's term
The US Supreme Court opens a new term Monday likely to decide the constitutional challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a hot button issue months before presidential elections.

Health highlights: Sept. 30, 2011
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Health Matters: Minorities & Diabetes
Federal health statistics show minorities have both higher rates of diabetes and are diagnosed at later stages when the disease may be at dangerous levels.

Iowa Health System, Methodist Health Services Corporation Complete Affiliation
Iowa Health System and Methodist Health Services Corporation, Peoria, Illinois, today finalized an agreement making Methodist the eighth senior affiliate of the system. This strategic affiliation will result in more resources to serve patients in Central Illinois and economic efficiencies that will help contain the cost of health care.

Health Buzz: Denmark Imposes 'Fat Tax'
Denmark Levies Tax on Foods High in Saturated Fat

Health Tip: Practice Food Safety at Parties
(HealthDay News) -- Nothing can ruin a party or holiday get-together like a foodborne illness, so take care to treat your guests to foods that won't send them running home.

Health Highlights: Oct. 3, 2011
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Bad Omens for Health Care
The big news in health care last week was, of course, that average annual premiums for family coverage through employers reached an all-time high of $15,037, a nine percent increase from last year.

Health initiatives to improve care
Several initiatives are underway in northeast Colorado to improve health care by training workers, learning about people s health care experiences and discovering how to decide the best way to deliver care.

Health Briefs: news from the community
Health Briefs: news from the community for Oct. 4, 2011

Health care elusive for Afghans 10 years on: ICRC
Ten years after the ouster of the Taliban, access to health care is critically low for Afghan civilians in conflict zones, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Monday.

Health: Agencies offer screenings, help for depression
NationalDepression Screening Day is typically held on the Thursday during Mental Health Awareness Week in October. Many on-line activities will be available on Thursday, Oct. 6.

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