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Health Management Associates, Inc. to Present at the Goldman Sachs 32nd Annual Global Healthcare Conference
Health Management Associates, Inc. announced today that its management will present at the Goldman Sachs 32nd Annual Global Healthcare Conference to be held June 7 - 9, 2011, at the Terranea Resort in Los Angeles, California.

New York Healthcare System Expands Use of Streamline Health Document Workflow Solutions
Streamline Health Solutions, Inc. , a market leading provider of document workflow solutions for hospitals, announced today that a leading New York Healthcare System has contracted with Streamline Health to use the company's Coding Workflow in its two medical centers.

Mental-health advocates fight for state funds
By Garrett Brnger The Boston University Statehouse Program BOSTON -- As the budget process inches through the Legislature, many programs are feeling the ax.

Alliance Health Networks Announces $11 Million Investment Led by New World Ventures
Alliance Health Networks, a leading developer of condition-specific social networks, today announced it raised $11 million in its latest round of funding, led by New World Ventures along with participation from new investor, Physic Ventures.

Carex Health Brands Continues Healthy Expansion
Carex Health Brands®, a global leader in the development, manufacturing and retailing of in-home health products for more than two decades, is pleased to announce the opening of new corporate headquarters in Boston, MA.

Health Robotics' i.v.STATION ONCO Expands Global Footprint With Dominican Republic's Macrotech Farmaceutica
TIROL, Italy, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Robotics today announced a new exclusive distribution agreement for its world-leading i.v.STATION ONCO, i.v.SOFT, and i.v.STATION products with Dominican Republic-based leader Macrotech Farmaceutica.

Conifer Health Solutions Unites with Habitat for Humanity to Build and Revitalize Communities
Conifer Health Solutions, a leader in business process management solutions for healthcare providers, announced it will fund and participate in the construction of six Habitat for Humanity homes in 2011.

DST Health Solutions' iPad® App Helps Improve Efficiency of Claims Administration With Real-Time Alerts
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. , June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DST Health Solutions, LLC, today announced its patent-pending 3i event integration platform, which provides transparent access to strategic operational data by integrating real-time events from across a health plan. An industry-first, 3i offers DST Health Solutions customers the ability to view the operational status of their claims, and flags ...

Lexington Health Network Recognized as We Honor Veterans Partner
LOMBARD, Ill., June 1, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Lexington Health Network Hospice has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National ...

Priority Health is Equipping Members to Make Informed Health Decisions
When facing health care decisions, patients benefit from knowing all of their treatment options. That’s why Priority Health has added transparent, easy-to-understand information to its website,, about more than a dozen surgeries that have regional variations in their frequency.

Health Buzz: Cell Phones Could Raise Brain Cancer Risk
7 strange cancer claims explained; rethinking your diet to prevent cancer.

Health Insurance Outlet Launches New eCommerce Website
LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - 06/01/11) - Fast, Free and Secure Online Health Insurance Quotes for Individuals, Families and Small Businesses. Navali & Company, insurance agency and parent company of Health Insurance Outlet, is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new interactive website. Through our new website, www ...

Conn. lawmakers vote to set up state health agency
Connecticut moved a step closer Tuesday to setting up a new health insurance marketplace, backing legislation in the state Senate establishing a health insurance exchange called for by federal law.

Health Care Quality Gaps and Disparities Persist in Every State
ROCKVILLE, Md., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- States are seeing improvements in health care quality, but disparities for their minority and low-income residents persist, according to the 2010 State Snapshots, released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Health Highlights: June 1, 2011
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

ATI Allied Health Expands Training Solutions Portfolio, Launches Market-Leading Health Education Portal
STILWELL, KS--(Marketwire - 06/01/11) - ATI Allied Health, an Ascend Learning company, today unveiled its newly expanded portfolio of allied health training solutions and its new learning platform, the ATI Allied Health Education Portal. One of the nation's most innovative allied health online education and remediation companies, ATI Allied Health's mission is to deliver comprehensive online ...

Health care bills mean lawmakers will debate Medicaid , Medicare
A sweeping health care bill is needed to balance the state budget, GOP leaders say, but a compact measure will draw fire.

Sutter Health Leader Sarah Krevans Named Woman of the Year by Women Health Care Executives
Sarah Krevans, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region President, has been named "2011 Woman of the Year" by Women Health Care Executives. The Northern California-based professional organization for women in health care also celebrates its 30-year anniversary this year.

Beaumont Health System One of 14 Selected for National High Value Health Care Collaborative for High Quality Care at ...
Beaumont Health System has been selected to join a prestigious national collaborative of health systems designed to improve health care quality, lower costs and expand best care practices to other health providers.

TMG Health Inc. Announces a New Agreement With Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
TMG Health, the leading provider of strategic Business Process Outsourcing solutions to the government health plan market, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the largest health plan in Minnesota, have announced that the two companies have entered into a five year agreement.

Healthcare Leaders Report Improved Outcomes at 2011 Zynx Health Conference
Zynx Health, the market leader in providing evidence-based and experience-based clinical decision support solutions, today announced that leaders from nearly one hundred hospitals and healthcare organizations gathered at its seventh annual Zynx Health Conference from May 18 to 20, 2011 in Carlsbad, California.

Federal court expresses concern over health care reform law
A federal appeals court in Cincinnati expressed concern Wednesday over the sweeping health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama, especially the requirement that Americans purchase health insurance in coming years or face financial penalties.

Obama health overhaul argued in Ohio federal court
An attorney urged a federal appeals panel in arguments Wednesday to take a stand against expansion of federal power by rejecting President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Health Department Rejects Ind. Medicaid Changes
The Health and Human Services Department said the state's Medicaid plan illegally bans funding for Planned Parenthood. The department also sought to make clear that a similar fate awaits other states that pass legislation barring any qualified health care provider.

Health insurance rates continue climbing, and companies look for savings to offer customers
Some health insurance companies are introducing programs to reduce health care costs after premiums for both small businesses and individuals shot up in the last decade, including recent double digit increases.

Health partnerships 'have failed'
An Audit Scotland report calls for fundamental review of community health partnerships, as doctors says they have "spectacularly failed".

Partners pledge to work together in new era of mental health services
Providers, health care managers, government officials and advocates acknowledged anxiety over the most significant shift in management of mental health services in Salt Lake County in 25 years, but they're ready to get to work.

Health care reform from the inside out
I recently attended the New Jersey: State of Health conference and one speaker’s statement grabbed my attention. She defined health as “that state that all of us want to be in physically and mentally.”

The $30 billion health-care tech gamble
Provision in 2009 stimulus act calls for doctors and hospitals to digitize patient records, but it’s unclear whether they’ll do it -- or if the systems can talk to each other.

Health Sec Warns NHS Must 'Accept Reforms'
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has warned the core values of the NHS are under threat unless substantial reforms are made.

Health Official Says E. Coli Strain Was Previously Unknown
The strain, which a World Health Organization official called unique in news reports on Thursday, has sickened 1,500 people in Germany, and killed at least 16.

Verizon Enhances Security Programs to Help Health Care Organizations, Business Partners Address Federal Data Privacy ...
To help health care organizations and their business partners address evolving federal requirements for health data security and privacy, Verizon is enhancing two of its security programs.

Health Exchanges: Common Ground for Medicare Reform?
Medicare is on track to consume 7 percent of gross domestic product by 2035, double the current level, according to a Congressional Budget Office scenario that incorporates widely expected developments. On May 13, Medicare's trustees predicted that the program's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which helps cover benefits for future retirees, would be exhausted by 2024, five years earlier than ...

British health system 'must reform or face crisis'
Britain's National Health Service faces a "financial crisis" in the next few years unless the government presses ahead with its under-fire reform plans, the health minister warned Thursday.

World Health Organization Says Virulent E. Coli Strain Was Previously Unknown
The strain, which a World Health Organization official called unique in news reports on Thursday, has sickened 1,500 people in Germany, and killed at least 16.

Sam's Club® Offers Free Men's Health Screening Tests
Many of the major health risks that men face can be prevented and treated if they are diagnosed early, so getting the right screening test at the right time is one of the most important things a man can do for his health.

National Business Group on Health Recognizes Healthways with Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Award
The National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of large U.S. employers, honored Healthways, Inc. for its commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging its workers and their families to support and maintain healthy lifestyles.

WEGO Health’s Health Activists Share Expertise on June Awareness Campaigns
Online health leaders offer insight into Men’s Health Month, World Sickle Cell Day, and HIV Testing (PRWeb June 02, 2011) Read the full story at

CIGNA Adds Affinity Health System to Its Wisconsin Hospital and Physician Network
CIGNA and Affinity Health System announced they have reached an agreement that gives CIGNA customers in-network access to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, Calumet Medical Center in Chilton, Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, as well as Affinity’s 26 clinics and nearly 250 affiliated health care professionals in northeastern Wisconsin.

Organizations Collaborate Across the Country to Celebrate Men's Health Month
WASHINGTON, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- June is Men's Health Month and individuals, organizations and government agencies across the country and around the globe are joining Men's Health Network (MHN) in celebration. Men's Health Month highlights the need for greater awareness and attention of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among ...

Health Highlights: June 2, 2011
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Network Health Only Health Plan to Lower Commonwealth Care Prices
MEDFORD, MA--(Marketwire - 06/02/11) - Network Health, Inc. announced today that it has renewed its contract with the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority (the Connector) to serve Massachusetts Commonwealth Care members. Effective July 1, 2011, Network Health will be a lowest-cost option for residents eligible for Commonwealth Care. Commonwealth Care extends access to high-quality ...

Health warning
What history tells us about attempts to change the NHS

Federal Health-Care Quality Report Puts Minnesota at No. 2 Nationally
State's overall health care improves from No. 3 last year

Health Dialog Appoints Dr. Peter Goldbach Chief Medical Officer
Health Dialog today announced the appointment of Dr. Peter Goldbach as Chief Medical Officer. Goldbach brings more than 30 years of experience to Health Dialog’s management team, including 15 years of experience in medical administration and 17 years maintaining a primary care and pulmonary disease practice.

Massachusetts health reform didn't cut ER visits
Health care reform in Massachusetts only had a small impact on the number of trips residents took to the emergency room, according to a new study.

Public Health Experts Advise Against Further Privatization of Alcohol Sales
National public health experts are recommending against further privatization of retail alcohol sales based on evidence that privatization would increase excessive alcohol consumption and associated health and social problems, the Keystone Research Center reports in a new policy brief.

United Health Products, Inc. Announces New Additions to Its Board of Directors
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - 06/02/11) - United Health Products, Inc. (OTCQB: UEEC) (Pinksheets: UEEC - News ), which develops and markets products and technologies in the healthcare sector, today announced it has elected new members to its Board of Directors. The new members include: Sherman Lazrus -- former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense; Dr. John Capotorto and Dr. Rodney Leibowitz ...

Health officials scramble to stem deadly E.coli outbreak
Infectious disease detectives worldwide are rushing to find the cause of an outbreak of a rare strain of E. coli that has spread to 10 countries and led to 16 deaths.

Gentiva® Health Services to Present at the Jefferies 2011 Global Healthcare Conference
Gentiva Health Services, Inc. announced today that it will present at the Jefferies 2011 Global Healthcare Conference in New York City at 2:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 9, 2011.

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