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Nonprofit 100: Big health care players see change at top 21.12.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Baby boomer retirements hit Minnesota’s big players
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Child tests negative for Ebola at Chicago hospital 21.12.2014 Health
(Reuters) - A child being monitored for Ebola in a Chicago hospital has been discharged after testing negative for the virus, the state health agency said on Saturday. Federal officials screening for Ebola at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago detected a fever in the child, who had been held in isolation at the University of Chicago Medical Center for monitoring since Friday. "Tests by the Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed a negative result for Ebola," the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement. ...
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UN chief praises Ebola nurses, pledges support during visit 20.12.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Matthew Mpoke Bigg HASTINGS, Sierra Leone (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday praised healthcare workers fighting the Ebola virus as he paid his first visit to Liberia and Sierra Leone following an outbreak that has killed nearly 7,000 people. Ban paid tribute to local workers and the United Nations, but he singled out medics from the three countries at the heart of the epidemic who have fallen sick while treating patients. ...
Infection rate penalties hit Chicago-area hospitals 20.12.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Nine Chicago hospitals ranked among the nation's worst on new measures of infection rates and other patient injuries, drawing federal penalties and raising questions about the way the hospitals are ...
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American nurse exposed to Ebola released from hospital 20.12.2014 Health
(Reuters) - An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone was released from the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Maryland on Friday without showing signs of the disease, NIH said. "The patient has shown no clinical or laboratory evidence of Ebola infection and will complete 21 days of monitoring at a private residence in Virginia under the direction of the Virginia Department of Health," NIH said in a statement. ...
Obamacare deserves some credit for the good news about health care 20.12.2014 Washington Post: Editorials
THE RATE of uninsured Americans is down. The once-inexorable ballooning of health-care costs has slowed. And, the Department of Health and Human Services recently announced , U.S. hospitals are making fewer errors, adding to a previous finding that hospitals have significantly cut patient readmissions.Read full article ...
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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 12/19 20.12.2014 MinnPost
What if we took half the seats out of buses? from streets.mn by Nick Magrino Sorry if that sounds crazy! But do you take the bus? A local route in one of the cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) that gets used a lot, like a 6 or a 21 or an 18 or a 5? Anything that travels down Nicollet Mall or Hennepin Avenue during rush hour? Wouldn’t it be better if we took all the aisle seats out? Health care enrollment: Is 100 percent coverage possible? from Community Matters by Laura Martell Kelly Open enrollment is under way for MNsure, the state’s health insurance marketplace. We’ve heard a lot about the technical glitches that have caused roadblocks for signing up. But, for some groups – including immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, and individuals with fluctuating incomes – there are additional barriers to enrolling in coverage that must be addressed if we expect all Minnesota residents to have health insurance. Rethinking Hanukkah traditions, or why I’m not buying Mensch on a Bench from TC Jewfolk ...
Vermonters Burn Medical Bills To Protest Governor's Single-Payer Decision 20.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Activists gathered Thursday at Vermont's state Capitol to protest Gov. Peter Shumlin's (D) decision to drop the state's planned conversion to a single-payer health care system, according to The Associated Press . Shumlin said on Wednesday that it was " not the right time " to enact single-payer health care, three years after he signed Act 48 , a bill aimed at establishing universal insurance coverage by 2017. At the time, Shumlin said that a new single-payer system, to be called Green Mountain Care, would help control health care costs. The governor now says that he could not justify the projected tax increases associated with the plan and that the federal government hadn't provided enough funding to make the transition feasible. To demonstrate their anger over his decision, activists burned medical bills they said they could not pay and delivered a plate of burnt toast to Shumlin's office, suggesting that his political career had been irreparably tarnished. "Time and again I’m forced to choose whether ...
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MNsure extends enrollment deadline a second time 19.12.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
The health exchange cited high demand for extending the deadline to Dec. 31 for coverage that begins Jan. 1.
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Minnesota's health insurance exchange extends enrollment deadline 2nd time, now to Dec. 31 19.12.2014 Star Tribune: Local
A nurse's desperate plea: Show me the Ebola money 19.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Patients escape. Long gloves and toilets are in short supply. Despite promises of international aid, the essentials of medical care are still missing at one Sierra Leone treatment center.
Careful research unearths unknown catalyst behind Minnesota mental health reform 19.12.2014 MinnPost
A diligent researcher with a deep love of history, Susan Bartlett Foote decided to dig into the life of Minnesota mental health activist Engla Schey almost on a whim. Foote, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health , first heard about Schey during her research into the movement to reform Minnesota’s state asylums for the mentally ill in the 1940s and '50s. “Engla Schey is an unusual name,” Foote said, “so I noted it when I saw her mentioned in two different books that discussed the reform movement. It piqued my curiosity, and I decided to find out more.” Foote, a former attorney, health policy consultant and Robert Wood Johnson health fellow , wanted to know just who Schey was, but cursory research turned up nothing, except that she had worked as an attendant in some of the state’s mental hospitals. That sliver of information, combined with historical documents unearthed from her former father-in-law, Unitarian minister Arthur Foote , was enough to launch Foote, wife of ...
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Teaching Hospitals Hit Hardest By Medicare Fines For Patient Safety 19.12.2014 NPR: Healthcare
Medicare will cut payments to hospitals with high rates of patient infections and injuries. Half that nation's academic medical centers will be docked by Medicare for making too many medical mistakes.
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Scalia on retirees losing their health insurance: "I can't feel bad about it." 19.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In Apple Grove, West Virginia, there are some retirees from a chemical plant whose Christmas wishes probably include this: They want to keep the health insurance they were promised. The United Steelworkers union negotiated a series of collective bargaining agreements stipulating that retired employees "will receive a full company contribution towards the cost of [health] benefits." The union believed the benefits were guaranteed for life. The company contends it could take away these benefits whenever it chose--which it did in 2007. The retirees challenged that action. The retirees won in the lower courts, and now their case is pending before the Supreme Court. As USW President Leo Gerard points out in a column for the union's blog : The agreement never says the retiree loses the benefit after so many years or must pay a portion of the costs. It also doesn't say benefits earned by retirees over their work lives end with the expiration of any given collective bargaining agreement. In that same blog post, ...
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How The NRA Lost Its Battle To Defeat Vivek Murthy As Obama's Surgeon General 19.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Nearly a year after the Senate failed to expand gun background checks as a response to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, it looked as though the National Rifle Association had claimed another scalp. Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Barack Obama's pick for surgeon general, had been approved by a Senate committee in late February, only to be engulfed in controversy when a 2012 tweet was uncovered in which he declared guns a "health-care" issue. Several Senate Democrats facing tough re-election battles in 2014 balked at their president's nominee. Some had already taken a risk by voting for the background checks measure that ultimately failed. Now, with the NRA launching a full-blown campaign against Murthy, they would once again have to take on the politically toxic issue of guns. Knowing Murthy's nomination would go down if brought to the floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tabled a vote until after the November election. Then, heavy losses for Democrats at the polls left ...
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100 test HIV positive in 1 village 19.12.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen has called for an inquiry into a suspected mass HIV infection in a remote village in northwestern Battambang province.
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Will Cubans’ health suffer in new U.S. relationship? 19.12.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
According to World Bank data, life expectancy for someone born in Cuba in 2011 was 79 years, slightly longer than that of an infant born in the United States the same year.
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Will Cubans’ health suffer in new U.S. relationship? 19.12.2014 Seattle Times: Health
According to World Bank data, life expectancy for someone born in Cuba in 2011 was 79 years, slightly longer than that of an infant born in the United States the same year.
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Aetna rate hike excessive, California insurance commissioner says 19.12.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Health insurance giant Aetna Inc. is imposing excessive rate hikes on more than 5,000 small employers, according to California's insurance commissioner.
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Sierra Leone's leading doctor dies of Ebola 19.12.2014 Health
FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's leading doctor died of Ebola on Thursday, hours after the arrival in the country of an experimental drug that could have been used to treat him, the government's chief medical officer said. Victor Willoughby was diagnosed with Ebola last week after he treated a man with organ-related problems. The patient, a senior banker, was later diagnosed with Ebola and has since died. The drug, ZMab, was transported in frozen form on a Brussels Airlines flight that arrived overnight. ...
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