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Stem Cell Research Funding Ban Temporarily Lifted

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2010

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit approved a request Thursday from the Justice Department to lift a temporary injunction, issued Aug. 23 by a lower court, that had blocked the funding of stem cell research. The decision is not final, the three-judge appeals panel stated.

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CMS: Healthcare Spending to Increase Over Next Decade

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2010

Healthcare spending nationwide appears not to be slowing down as much as initially anticipated since healthcare reform legislation was approved this past spring, according to figures released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Hospital Fined $250,000 For Not Reporting Data Breach

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2010

Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University has been fined $250,000 by California health officials for failing to report a patient records breach apparently linked to the theft of a hospital computer.

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Former Healthcare Exec Awaits Sentencing for Tax Evasion

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 10, 2010

A former home healthcare executive could face up to five years in prison and a $3 million fine after admitting this week that he failed to pay the Internal Revenue Service about $1.5 million in payroll taxes, the Department of Justice says.

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VA's $800 Million Denver Medical Center Project Names Contractor

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 10, 2010

The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a $1.3 million contract to Colorado builders Kiewit-Turner to provide preconstruction services for the $800 Denver VA Medical Center replacement hospital.

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Reexamining the Ethics of Personal Responsibility

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2010

Healthy living is on the healthcare reform agenda this year, and  the American College of Physicians is leading the march. As incentive plans move forward, ACP is offering recommendations for patient incentives to improve personal health responsibility.

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Fear of Malpractice Litigation

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 9, 2010

Lots of people fear visiting the doctor's office for a variety of reasons, among them not wanting to deal with potentially uncomfortable situations, bad news, for instance.  Doctors have a fear of their own: the judge's gavel.

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