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2009-11-24 15:20:40

Success depends largely on how funds are used and who gets them Like everybody, health care professionals enjoy a pay raise for a job well done. But in some instances, financial incentives for health care performance may actually backfire. A new UCLA study shows that patient-care performance ratings for 25 medical groups across California improved significantly following the launch of a statewide pay-for-performance program in 2004 "” but not when incentives focused on doctors'...

2009-11-20 09:48:00

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the Senate health care bill is set for debate this Saturday, nearly a dozen survivors of medical malpractice and their families appeared at a news conference today expressing extreme concern that the rights of medical malpractice victims have become a political football in the debate over health care. In particular, the group decried attacks on patients' rights during the House health care debate. The group is asking Virginia's...

2009-11-12 09:01:09

Slowing the growth in U.S. health care spending will most likely require adoption of an array of strategies as well as an improved approach to moving promising strategies into widespread use, according to a new analysis by the RAND Corporation. The most-promising option for curbing health care spending is changing the way doctors and hospitals are paid to provide care, but implementing such a system must overcome significant obstacles in order to be successful, according to the study...

2009-11-09 18:31:00

House action backs President Obama's promise to not expand abortion Senate must follow House example Bishops still concerned for poor, elderly WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, lauded the November 7 decision of the U.S. House of Representatives to block federal health care reform money from paying for elective abortions. In a statement issued November 9, two days after the...

2009-11-07 19:59:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor today in support of H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. The House will vote on the legislation later tonight. Below are the Speaker's remarks. "Madam Speaker, today, as we all know, is an historic moment for our nation and for American families. For nearly a century, leaders of every party and political philosophy -- as far back as Teddy Roosevelt -- have called for health...

2009-11-06 09:42:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Ohio Association of Health Plans (OAHP) today warned that Ohioans could experience higher health care premiums and less robust benefits if proposals being considered by Congress as part of comprehensive health care reform were to become law. If the reforms proposed by the Senate Finance Committee were enacted, average claims per member in Ohio would increase 60% over five years in the individual market and 24% in the small group...

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2009-11-05 12:20:00

An international survey of primary care doctors released on Wednesday found that Americans are more likely than people in 10 other countries to have trouble getting medical treatment because of insurance restrictions or cost, Reuters reported. The annual survey, conducted from February to July 2009 by mail, online and phone, found that while the United States spends more than twice as much as other developed countries on healthcare, it stills lags well behind in key measures of quality. Karen...

2009-11-03 12:08:04

Health Care Opinion Leaders Express Strong Support for Allowing HHS to "Fast Track" Payment Pilots and Negotiate Drug Prices; Voice Agreement for Establishing an Independent Medicare Advisory Council with Broad Authority A vast majority of leaders in health care and health policy believe Medicare has been successful in providing access to care and stable coverage to the elderly and disabled individuals; however only a small percentage think the program has realized its potential to achieve...

2009-10-29 12:59:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leaders, Committee Chairs, Members of Congress and Americans who are struggling under the current health care system held a rally on the West Front of the Capitol this morning to unveil H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Below are the Speaker's opening remarks. "Good morning. It is with great pride and with great humility that we come before you to follow in the footsteps of those who...

2009-10-27 09:17:00

Sixty-nine Percent Want Liability Reform Included in Health Care Reform Legislation WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans overwhelmingly support meaningful medical liability reform and agree that changes to our nation's broken medical liability system should be included in health care reform legislation passed by the Congress, according to a new poll released today by the Health Coalition on Liability and Access. "The HCLA poll clearly shows that the American people...


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