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Medical Groups: Litigation Expenses to Cost Taxpayers $1 Billion

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 3, 2010

A reversal of federal policy that lets trial lawyers use litigation expenses as tax deductions would result in more frivolous lawsuits, add to America's healthcare bill and result in lawyers' conflict of interest, says a coalition of 90 medical groups including the American Medical Association.

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HHS Grants $17 Million for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 3, 2010

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced funding Wednesday that will be used to establish a network of patient-centered outcomes research, also known as as comparative effectiveness research.

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HHS Announces $30 Million in HIT Funds to Cincinnati, Detroit

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 3, 2010

Greater Cincinnati HealthBridge and Southeastern Michigan Health Association in Detroit join 15 other projects selected for the Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program by the Department of Health and Human Services. The program is using health information technology to tackle health problems in communities across the country.

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ACA Insurance Tax Credits May Benefit Small Businesses

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 3, 2010

Millions of small business workers will be able to afford health coverage, or pay lower premiums, because of tax credits that kick in this year through the Affordable Care Act, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund.

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Botox Maker Settles Illegal Marketing Charges

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 3, 2010

Botox manufacturer Allergan has agreed to plead guilty and pay $600 million to settle federal criminal and civil charges for illegally marketing botox for uses not approved by the FDA, such as pain and headache.

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Prototype Crash Cart Moves to Smithsonian

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 3, 2010

One of the first prototype cardio resuscitation crash carts, developed in 1965 and  known as "Max,"  is moving to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

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A 'Blue Button' for Health Data

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2010

To promote cost-effective, quality care, healthcare movers and shakers are pointing to health information technology to help lead the way. Patients and their families will need to be included in this process as well—to help them get the information they need to make informed decisions about their health. So to make it easier, how about clicking a blue button on their computer screens—just when they need their data?

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NAPH's Siegel to Take Charge of 'Safety Net' Hospitals

By: Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media, September 2, 2010

The incoming CEO of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, says he will be a "tireless advocate" for so-called safety net hospitals that provide healthcare for low income people, the uninsured, and the underserved, regardless of ability to pay.

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