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2009-07-22 12:23:00

NEW YORK, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A major new study released today by Americans for Insurance Reform finds that premiums and claims for doctors both have dropped significantly in recent years while the medical malpractice insurance industry is enjoying remarkable profits in light of the global economic collapse. It concludes that further limiting the liability of negligent doctors and unsafe hospitals is not only unjustified, but also would have almost no impact lowering this...

2009-07-15 18:54:00

Nation's 'Most Trusted Profession' Adds to Momentum at White House Event SILVER SPRING, Md., July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Nurses Association (ANA) members joined President Obama today at a White House press conference, sending a strong message to Congress that the country no longer can wait to reform health care as rising costs threaten the financial stability of families and their ability to access health care services. In citing significant progress this week on health...

2009-07-15 12:29:00

Measure Contains Critical Ingredients to Improve Health Care for Working Families SILVER SPRING, Md., July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- UAN President Ann Converso, RN, today applauded the "America's Affordable Health Choices Act," introduced yesterday in the House of Representatives. In particular, she cited the bill's inclusion of a comprehensive and robust public health care option as a key component in reforming our broken health care system. "Our nurses see every day in our work...

2009-07-13 15:20:00

WASHINGTON, July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Health Coalition on Liability and Access today distributed a report on Capitol Hill, advocating legislative proposals for medical liability reform that they will push to have included in comprehensive health care reforms currently under consideration by Congress. HCLA supports reform of our nation's broken medical liability system in order to provide fair and timely compensation to plaintiffs, reduce health care costs, and preserve...

2009-07-08 16:02:00

WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- America's hospitals have long been committed to expanding coverage to the millions of Americans without health insurance. Physicians, nurses and other caregivers know all too well what lack of coverage means for far too many people. They see it in America's emergency rooms every day. As a nation, we know we can and must do better. That's why we support today's agreement with Chairman Baucus and the Obama Administration to move comprehensive health reform...

2009-06-30 16:17:37

Health care can cause harm when focus is on providing services instead of improving healthAre individuals, families, communities and employers getting their money's worth from US healthcare? That's the big question in the news today, pushed further into the spotlight by the Obama administration.Charles M. Kilo, MD, MPH, CEO of GreenField Health in Portland, Oregon, and co-author Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH of Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, Washington, explore this important question in...

2009-06-30 07:10:00

Patient Assistance (www.PatientAssistance.com), a nonprofit organization connecting uninsured and underinsured Americans to patient assistance programs, proposes an insured approach to real healthcare reform. BATON ROUGE, La., June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PatientAssistance.com -- a nonprofit helping patients in need find patient assistance programs to make prescription medications more affordable --understands the concerns of the uninsured and underinsured in the current healthcare...

2009-06-26 07:50:00

The current U.S. health care system "” with its ever-rising price tag and its gaping discrepancies in care "” is a "ticking time bomb" for the federal budget, President Obama warned members of the American Medical Association. Without corrective action, he said on June 15, "America may go the way of GM "” paying more, getting less, and going broke."Stephen Shortell "” an expert in health policy, management, and organization behavior and dean of UC Berkeley's School of...

2009-06-25 10:15:00

WASHINGTON, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Health Coalition on Liability and Access (HCLA) announced today that the coalition has established a strategic partnership with Protect Patients Now (PPN), a national grassroots organization founded by Doctors for Medical Liability Reform (DMLR). The partnership between HCLA and PPN brings together two of the most influential groups in the medical liability reform debate to ensure that medical liability reform is included in any health care...

2009-06-23 23:48:56

A comprehensive approach could slow healthcare cost increases in the United Sates even while achieving near-universal coverage, an analysis indicates. However, the findings of The Commonwealth Fund study released Wednesday reveal the national savings that could be realized from health insurance, provider payment and care delivery system reforms would vary significantly depending on whether or not a public insurance plan option is included and how such a plan is structured. The private...


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