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Congressional groundswell emerging to change tax provision in reform law

Congress may change tax reporting requirements under reform law

The reform law may be facing its first serious challenge, with Democrats joining Republicans to seek repeal of a tax provision in reform legislation. According to The New York Times, current rules within PPACA require businesses to file a 1099 form naming anyone to whom they pay $600 or more for goods or services in […]

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Florida AMA chapter threatens civil war

For those of us who have watched the American Medical Association over decades, it’s well known that the group is, well, unfraid of internal debate. In fact, gossip has it that the AMA-affiliated social media site Sermo is so roiled by debate — and dominated by the hotter-tempered conservatives in the room — that it’s […]

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30 percent premium increases? I think not, sirs

I have struggled long and hard with my sense of propriety, but as times change, women must change, and so I say to you, captains of health insurance concerns:  Have you no shame? Of course, as more than a century has passed since I began my labors in the service of the public health, paying […]

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Vendor Buzz: UnitedHealth offers $10M in hospital HIT grants

UnitedHealth Group to Invest $10 Million to Help Improve Health Care Information Technology Systems at California’s Critical Access Hospitals UnitedHealth Group also providing $200,000 in grants to assess health IT needs at California’s 31 Critical Access Hospitals The investments come from UnitedHealth Group’s 20-year, $200 million California Health Care Investment Program, which helps health care […]

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UPMC employees give company, CEO a flunking grade

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center CEO Jeffrey Romoff makes a very, very nice income, more than $5 million during the last fiscal year in fact. Hell, maybe that’s reasonable, given that UPMC generated a staggering $8 billion last year, and manages not only properties in Pennsylvania but across Europe. Still, I’ve gotta say, he and […]

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So, Tenet, what really got you kicked off the playground?

Tenet

Buy Healthscape? As if. Tenet seems to have been spurned even before buying the veil, much less marching up the aisle. In early June, Tenet pulled out, announcing that it hadn’t had time to “convey to shareholders the potential value, including the inherent risks and opportunities,” of the deal. In other words, the Aussie firm blew them off before they could open their laptops.

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Can pharmas learn to love open innovation?

Pharmaceuticals

Right now, pharmaceutical companies are loath to share information with anyone, much less collaborate closely on new inventions. But what if pharmas eased up and began to share ideas freely with research partners? (Not subsidiaries. Not grantees. *Partners* with skin in the game.) While it might be painful, opening up the R&D process could solve […]

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Vendor Buzz: Invisible Bracelet Launches Nationwide Emergency Medical Notification Text Service

EMS won

Invisible Bracelet Launches Nationwide Emergency Medical Notification Text Messaging Service Enhanced Medic Network Gives First Responders Critical Health Information TULSA, Okla., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ — When faced with a medical crisis, having the ability or presence of mind to personally communicate critical health information to emergency response teams may not be possible. With invisibleBracelet.org (iB), […]

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Forum: Designing the ideal nursing station, idea #2

If nursing stations are too decentralized, younger nurses, fresh out of school, are missing the opportunity to learn from older staff and glean information from the seasoned professionals prior to initiating a procedure/medication that they are unsure of or uncomfortable performing.

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Forum: Designing the ideal nursing station

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