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Senator Denies 280,000 People Health Care, Calls Advocate 'Asshole' For Asking Him To Give Up Same 2.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Tuesday night, a Tennessee Senate committee voted to deny some 280,000 state residents access to health care, rejecting a plan to expand Medicaid that would have cost the state nothing. Following the vote, advocates for expansion ran into state Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R), a wealth manager at Morgan Stanley who sits on the committee. One activist, Damien Crisp, asked Gardenhire if he would be willing to give up his own state-subsidized health insurance. Gardenhire, in a video of the incident taken by another activist, turned around and said something along the lines of "Not giving it up, asshole" or, perhaps, "Why don't you give it up, asshole?" ("Asshole" is the clearest part of his rejoinder.) Gardenhire's health coverage has been an issue in Tennessee before. He had previously claimed not to receive state-sponsored coverage, but the Associated Press, through an open records request, revealed that he does . "I have it, but I don't use it," the lawmaker told AP after the revelation. "I use Morgan ...
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The state of the Industry Cloud in the healthcare sector 1.4.2015 Yahoo: Business

The state of the Industry Cloud in the healthcare sectorCloud adoption is accelerating among medical providers as they realize the limits of traditional EHR systems, but there are many hurdles to overcome when patient security and privacy is involved.


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West Side's Hartgrove Hospital focus of widening Justice Department probe 1.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The Justice Department's criminal probe into Universal Health Services has entered a new and more serious phase, focusing on potential wrongdoing by the corporation as a whole and not just its individual ...
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Some Republicans not sold on eliminating MN Care 1.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Rep. Matt Dean has a plan to eliminate MinnesotaCare and use the savings for other GOP priorities. But some Republicans say they haven't committed to Dean's plan.
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Minnesota health insurers see earnings boost from Affordable Care Act 1.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Figures released Wednesday show the state’s insurers posted their best year since 2011.
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Hospital gown makeover 1.4.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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To Avoid Surprise Insurance Bills, Tell Exchange Plan When You Move 1.4.2015 NPR: Healthcare
Consumers can face unexpected costs if they don't cancel their insurance plan before they relocate to another state.
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Universal Health Services says it's under criminal investigation 1.4.2015 Philly.com News
Individual hospitals in the behavioral health unit of Universal Health Services Inc. have long been dogged by federal investigations into their billing practices, but the King of Prussia company disclosed Tuesday in a regulatory filing that it was under criminal investigation at the corporate level.
Nurse imprisoned in Ohio teenager's malnutrition death now charged with health care fraud 1.4.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Why Universal Health Care Is Essential for a More Equitable Society 1.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The prospects for universal health care in the United States appear unusually bleak these days. Just as the first U.S. state -- Vermont -- was getting ready to implement a universal, publicly financed health care system, its governor pulled the plug on his support. Years of studies, preparations and proposals, a mountain of supportive data and a clear legal mandate fell by the wayside as soon as Governor Shumlin felt that the political stars were no longer aligned . Meanwhile, in Washington DC, even the Affordable Care Act's approach of making private health insurance more affordable by subsidizing over-priced insurance products is under attack in the Supreme Court . Why is universal health care, which is commonplace around the world, so hard to achieve in the United States? Why are we unable to overcome a market-based system that leads to a hundred thousand unnecessary deaths each year? Corporate interests in maintaining this system are powerful, as is a culture of competition and consumption that sees ...
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Supreme Court Deals Medicaid Blow To Doctors And Health Companies 1.4.2015 NPR News
The court ruled Tuesday that private Medicaid providers cannot sue to force states to raise reimbursement rates in the face of rising medical costs.
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How This D.C. Clinic Wants To 'De-Medicalize' Abortion 1.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
“Abortion. Yeah, we do that.” That's one of the advertising slogans used by Carafem , an abortion clinic opening this week in Washington, D.C. The clinic plans to approach abortion as a straightforward part of women's health care, hoping to make the procedure a streamlined process that is easy to access. Carafem will provide the abortion pill to women who are less than 10 weeks pregnant. Patients will be able to book appointments -- offered on evenings and weekends, as well as during weekdays -- through an online portal or via a 24-hour hotline manned by multilingual staff members. The clinic also promises a short procedure time of around one hour, and a lower-than-average price point of approximately $400 for an abortion. Image via Carafem.com Terminating a pregnancy with the abortion pill involves two steps. Patients take the first pill, mifepristone , which stops the embryo from growing and detaches it from the uterine wall. Between 24 and 72 hours later, they take the second pill, misoprostol , which ...
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MRSA superbug killed by 1,100-year-old home remedy, researchers say 31.3.2015 Washington Post
Even in the age of AIDS, avian flu and Ebola, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA, is terrifying.The superbug, which is resistant to conventional antibiotics because of their overuse, shrugs at even the deadliest weapons modern medicine offers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated MRSA contributed to the deaths of more than 5,000 people in the United States in 2013. It even attacked the NFL, and some say it could eventually kill more people than cancer. And presidential commissions have advised that technological progress is the only way to fight MRSA.Read full article >>
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The Latest Assault on the Affordable Care Act: An HIV+, 34-Year-Old Man's Perspective 31.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It has now been almost eight years since I have been diagnosed with HIV. In today's day and age, HIV is a manageable chronic disease much like diabetes. We have come a long way since the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s. The havoc it wreaked within the NYC gay community left many casualties behind. I think often of how my fate could have been so different if I was born in 1961 as opposed to 1981. I can still remember the heroes of my youth who fought this disease so valiantly. The young, brave Ryan White taking on a society's discrimination with all his courage. The handsome and inspiring Pedro Zamora of The Real World who helped me to not only put a face on HIV, but a face on what it meant to be gay and living a life of dignity and truth. The charismatic Maurizio, the partner of my older cousin Sandy, who had been an Italian model in his younger years, gracing the pages of magazines. In 2000, he passed away from an HIV-related complication. Another life lost on a pile of so ...
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Obamacare Exchanges Falling Far Short Of Smoking Cessation Requirements 31.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Only one state in the country makes sure that Affordable Care Act consumers have access to smoking cessation programs as the law requires, according to a report released Tuesday. The ACA, commonly known as Obamacare, mandates that the health insurance policies available through exchanges set up under the law cover all seven FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications without cost-sharing. Yet today's report from the American Lung Association found that only West Virginia did so for all its available marketplace plans -- a feat no doubt helped by the fact that it's the only state with only one such plan. (Other states have anywhere from two in-state plans, to up to 18 in New York.) Meanwhile, five states -- Arkansas, Hawaii, Mississippi, South Dakota and Vermont -- had no plans offering all seven medications as required. "About 70 percent of all smokers want to quit, and people who are on Medicaid and who have been historically uninsured are those with the highest smoking rates," Erika Sward, ...
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Challenge: Curb Violence In Most Violent City. Hint: Nuns Can Help 31.3.2015 NPR News
This year, at Emory University's global health challenge, students had to come up with clever solutions for a pressing problem. Only it wasn't a superbug. It was the extreme violence in Honduras.
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National plan to safeguard antibiotics sidesteps a large but profitable threat 31.3.2015 MinnPost
When the Obama administration rolled out its new plan for fighting antibiotic resistance last Friday afternoon – timing typically associated with announcements that fall, politically, on the spectrum between fraught and fuhgeddaboudit – critical reaction was swift, predictable and, I think, completely reasonable. How is it possible that the federal government plans to double spending , to more than a billion bucks, in the interest of preserving the efficacy of drugs that have reshaped human health worldwide – and still declines to get serious about limiting their use, or even tracking their use, in commercial meat production? The miracle of antibiotics is their ability to fight off bacterial infections when normal bodily defenses cannot. They can also be used, sometimes wisely and sometimes not, to prevent infection from gaining a foothold in the first place or, for convenience, to speed a recovery that was moving along anyway. But nowadays at least half of the antibiotics administered in the United ...
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How maple syrup urine disease led to transplants and saved lives 31.3.2015 Washington Post
When two Maryland children got lifesaving liver transplants from deceased organ donors in January, the children’s diseased livers were not discarded, as such organs usually are. Instead, they were donated to two Virginia adults in an unusual domino series of transplants at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.Read full article >>
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Female veterans press VA hospitals to meet their needs 31.3.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
VA centers have been slow to meet the needs of growing numbers of female veterans. Women at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center are helping change the system.
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Bucks healthcare job fair set for April 28 31.3.2015 Philly.com News
BENSALEM As many as 40 employers in the health-care industry are scheduled to convene for a job fair April 28 in Bensalem to discuss opportunities for positions that range from registered nurse to occupational therapist to pharmacist.
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