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2008-07-24 18:01:00

WASHINGTON, July 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- HCLA Chair Shawn Martin issued the following statement regarding today's Congressional vote on Medicare: "Today Congress will consider legislation pertaining to the so-called 'trigger' provision of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003. Complying with the law's requirements, the President has put forward legislation, which includes medical liability reforms, to address the Medicare funding issue. The Health...

2008-07-18 12:01:14

The United States may spend a lot on healthcare but that doesn't mean Americans receive high-quality medical care, a health policy research group says. The Commonwealth Fund report indicates that while the United States spends more than twice what other industrialized countries spend on each person for healthcare, it is last among those countries in preventing deaths through use of timely and effective medical treatment, The New York Times reported Friday. Access to care in the United...

2008-07-13 03:00:09

By Smerd, Jeremy HEALTH CARE Employers increasingly are using financial incentives to steer employees toward healthy lifestyles and reduce health care costs, according to a recent survey. But the effectiveness of those incentives depends on how they are used. About half of the 453 employers surveyed by Watson Wyatt and the National Business Group on Health say they use financial incentives to encourage healthy behaviors, such as quitting smoking or losing weight. Seventy-nine percent of...

2008-06-16 03:00:07

By Clark, Steve The idea is to get more people to the doctor before they get really sick and wind up in the emergency room. But if we do that, we won't have enough doctors to go around unless we figure out how to create or import more of them. The way it works now is, if you are uninsured, you're probably not going to the doctor for regular checkups. So those little health problems go unaddressed, eventually turning into big health problems, which wind up in the ER an inefficient care...

2008-05-13 12:00:40

Americare Services, Inc. today announced Value Health Plus will offer as an ancillary service to its comprehensive package of discount healthcare programs for individuals, employees and families Americare's CallMD physician phone consultation service, a network of physicians available 24/7/365 to answer medical questions and provide non-emergency medical advice. "VHP's mission is to provide a comprehensive, practical program that makes it easy for individuals, businesses and families...

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2008-04-24 14:40:00

Arnold P. Gold Foundation continues commitment to 'keeping the 'care' in health care'As the 2008 national presidential election heats up, one topic remains a voter hot button and a constant debate issue "“ the health care crisis in America. Political affiliations aside, there is one aspect everyone can agree on "“ the importance of access to quality health care. But what defines "Ëœquality' health care today" According to a new survey conducted by Kelton Research for the...

2005-07-20 12:18:54

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to encourage development of health-information technology, which has potential to bring down costs while improving quality, won unanimously approval by a Senate panel on Wednesday. "All of us believe that if we move from a paper-based health care system to secure electronic medical records, we will reduce mistakes, save lives, save time and save money," said Wyoming Republican Mike Enzi, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and...

2005-07-12 16:09:41

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Higher prices and not lawsuits or other factors have driven up health care costs in the United States, according to a study published on Tuesday. Malpractice awards in the United States amounted to only $16 per capita in 2001, compared with $12 in Britain and $10 in Australia, the team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found. The same team found in 2002 that Americans pay more for prescription drugs, hospital stays and doctor visits than citizens of other...