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Computer modeling shows strategies to rein in epidemics need to be retooled for rural populations

An infectious disease striking a large city may seem like a disastrous scenario -- millions of people sharing apartment buildings, crammed on buses and trains and brushing past one another on crowded sidewalks. A group of Kansas State University engineers is finding that a truly disastrous epid...

Strategies to Rein in Epidemics Need to be Retooled for Rural Populations, Say K-State Engineers Using Computers to Model Disease Outbreaks in Rural Areas

MANHATTAN, Kan., June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An infectious disease striking a large city may seem like a disastrous scenario -- millions of people sharing apartment buildings, crammed on buses and trains and brushing past one another on crowded sidewalks. A group of Kansas State Unive...

Runaway Health Care Costs: 12 Ways You Can Rein Them in, from the Harvard Health Letter

The editors of the Harvard Health Letter , in consultation with the doctors on its editorial board, propose 12 ways you can help curb health care spending, saving society--and perhaps yourself--some money Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 5, 2009 -- Economists agree that Americ...

Sen. Brown, Hacker, to Release New Paper On How Public Plan in House and Senate Bills Measure Up

... a new analysis that shows why the country needs a robust national public health insurance plan with the leverage to compete against private insurers, rein in costs and make health care affordable for all. Hacker's paper argues that, during the crucial start-up period, the public health insurance p...

St. Joseph Health System-Sonoma County Partners With Aegis Health Group to Bring Health-Management Program to Area Employers

...ove the health of their workforce. "Employers are looking for ways to offer effective health-management programs to their employees as a way to rein in escalating healthcare costs, and hospitals are trusted health resources for their communities," said Henry Ross, chief executive officer of Aegis H...

Health care leaders say need for reform is urgent

...Leaders Survey. "These results show that leaders from all the key stakeholder groups agree: comprehensive health care reform is urgently needed, to rein in costs and ensure that all Americans have access to affordable quality care," said Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis. "Leaders also agree that...

Young Adults Unaware of Threat of Infectious Disease and the Availability of Preventive Vaccines

...of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Anne Schuchat, MD. "Adult immunization saves lives, prevents illness and will help us rein in the cost of healthcare by keeping the nation healthy." NFID's medical director, Susan J. Rehm, MD, vice chair of the Department of Infect...

Actuaries: Health Care Reform Must Address Costs

...ngham said. "If health spending continues to grow at the projected pace, health insurance premiums will continue to increase as well. Thus efforts to rein in health insurance premiums will be negated if rising health spending drives premiums to their original levels within a few years and even higher the...

U.S. African Chamber Of Commerce Congratulates U.S. on New Surgeon General, May Improve Health Care for Middle Income Families

...ouse ceremony yesterday, restated his support for winning passage this year of legislation to cover the estimated 46 million uninsured in the U.S. and rein in medical costs. Benjamin, whose nomination needs Senate approval, will be a crucial voice in the debate, he said." James Rohack, president of ...

Reduced diet thwarts aging, disease in monkeys

...he animals in the study were enrolled as adults at ages ranging from 7 to 14 years. Today, 33 animals remain in the study. Of those, 13 are given free rein at the dinner table, and 20 are on a calorie-restricted diet. Rhesus macaques have an average life span of about 27 years in captivity. The oldest ani...

New Jersey Leaders Detail Savings for Health Reform

...id David L. Knowlton, PFCD Co-Chair and President of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. "The good news is that by changing our focus we can rein in out-of-control costs. A system that is based on chronic disease prevention, management and care coordination will yield both better health care res...

U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms 2006 Lower Court Ruling That Tobacco Companies Committed Fraud for Five Decades and Lied About the Dangers of Smoking

...e Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on May 20 and sent to the full Senate for consideration. The Senate should quickly pass the bill and rein in a tobacco industry that has demonstrated over and over that it cannot be trusted. ...

Actuaries: Addressing Health Spending Growth is Path to Sustainable Health Care System

...erall economic growth. If health spending continues to grow at this pace, health insurance premiums will continue to increase as well. Thus efforts to rein in health insurance premiums will be negated if unchecked rising health spending drives premiums to their original levels within a few years and even ...

NABP Position Paper Calls for Action Against Proliferation of Rogue Internet Drug Outlets

...ogue Internet Drug Outlets" calls to task the various parties whose activities allow this trend to continue and challenges lawmakers and regulators to rein in this dangerous underground marketplace. In the document, NABP revisits the call to action of its 2003 "Position Paper on the Importation of Fo...

Guardian Launches Comprehensive, Consumer-Driven Healthcare Program

...Guardian's broad network of quality providers. "In today's challenging economy, it's more important than ever to employers -- and employees -- to rein in healthcare costs without sacrificing benefits or quality," said Tim Bireley, Vice President of Group Medical. "This plan provides mid-sized and sm...

Unsung Heroes of Health Care Reform?: $36 Billion in Annual Savings Linked to 'Group Purchasing Organizations' in Major Survey of Over 400 Hospitals

...om GPOs Are Possible WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When President Barack Obama and Congress weigh health care reform options to rein in runaway medical costs, they should take a close look at the largely unheralded work of "group purchasing organizations" (GPOs), which already are a...

Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050

...sion of AMD. This treatment only costs about $100 per year, and when used early in the disease can "reduce vision-threatening disease by 25 percent," rein noted. Other possible treatments include anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF), which slows the growth of leaking blood vessels in th...

BestHealthcareRates.com Reports Highest Cancellation Rate of Employee Benefit Plans in More Than Two Decades

...IP and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a potentially significant shift in the debate over overhauling the nation's health care system to rein in costs and cover an estimated 48 million uninsured people. In the letter, the two insurance industry groups said their members are willing to "...

Physicians Favor Patient Involvement in Decision Making, But Cite Barriers Such as Time and Money

...leaders are advocating for reimbursement reform to include patient's involvement in treatment choices and decisions as they identify key strategies to rein in the over consumption of ineffective medical care. "Increasingly, patients are faced with medical decisions that have many options, uncertain o...

Medical Costs for One Premature Baby Could Cover a Dozen Healthy Births

...e average cost was nearly $50,000, of which more than $46,000 was borne by the health plan. "Preventing preterm birth is one way we can begin to rein in our nation's skyrocketing health care costs and help businesses protect their bottom line," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of D...

Medical costs for one premature baby could cover a dozen healthy births

...the average cost was nearly $50,000, of which more than $46,000 was borne by the health plan. "Preventing preterm birth is one way we can begin to rein in our nation's skyrocketing health care costs and help businesses protect their bottom line," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of D...

Lilly Announces Leadership Changes

...ved for four years as the General Counsel of the HHS. Before entering government service, he was a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Wiley, rein & Fielding. Azar also clerked at the Supreme Court of the United States for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. Azar is a graduate of Dartmouth Co...

Nurses Welcome President's Call for Comprehensive Health Reform

... to Congress Tuesday night, but emphasized that only genuine reform, as in expanding Medicare to cover everyone, will actually solve the crisis -- and rein in the skyrocketing costs that the president noted are bankrupting Americans and costing jobs. "After the past dismal eight years, it could not b...

What if New Mexico doesn't address climate change?

...ent in 2040 and 29 percent in 2080. The report assumes that New Mexico, like many other states and countries, will not pursue "effective actions to rein in emissions of greenhouse gases, logging of native forests, and other factors that drive climate change." The report also considers "the costs househ...

What if Oregonians decline to address climate change?

...tal to the state's economic well being. The report assumes that Oregon, like many other states and countries, will not pursue "effective actions to rein in emissions of greenhouse gases, logging of native forests, and other factors that drive climate change." It also assumes that "Oregon's households, ...

Health Groups Slam Tobacco Marketing to Women

...annot disguise the health hazards of smoking and the risk for heart disease and stroke. We must give the Food and Drug Administration the authority to rein in the industry's relentless campaign to manipulate young women with products that send the wrong message." More information The American Canc...

Deadly in Pink: New Report Warns Big Tobacco Has Stepped Up Targeting of Women and Girls

...and stroke. We must give the Food and Drug Administration the authority to rein in the industry's relentless campaign to manipulate young women with produc...illers of women, are caused by smoking. We must redouble all our efforts to rein in tobacco industry marketing of these deadly products to our young women a...

Healthcare Reform Should Include Connected Health and Participatory Medicine, Says Report Submitted to President Obama by Center for Connected Health

...mportant technology to improve quality, they support current workflow and reimbursement models which are tragically flawed and provide no incentive to rein in costs. "True healthcare reform will require a more patient-centered approach, and a broader policy palette, including incentives for providers...

Partnership for Prevention Offers Health Reform Recommendations to Congress

...s is available online at: www.prevent.org/HealthReform . "Giving all Americans access to quality, affordable medical care will not by itself rein in the ballooning health care costs that threaten to overwhelm our government and our economy," Corinne G. Husten MD, Partnership's interim president,...

BCBSA Announces Support for Individual Mandate Coupled With a Requirement for Insurers to Offer Coverage to All

...f comprehensive healthcare reform to assure all Americans have coverage, to rein in costs and to improve quality throughout the entire system. We are please...to expand coverage to everyone. Our Pathway proposal would expand coverage, rein in costs, and improve quality through a wide range of initiatives such as f...

American Association for Homecare Proposes Aggressive 13-Point Plan to Stop Medicare Fraud and Recoup Billions; Calls Steps Essential to Medicare's Health

...rt of the solution to the nation's healthcare crisis and to Medicare reform," Wilson said. "Wise use of home medical equipment and therapies will help rein in spiraling costs." The specific recommendations made by the American Association for Homecare include: -- Mandate Site Inspections for All New H...

Innovative HCAHPS Patient Satisfaction Survey Solution Generates Huge Cost-Savings Opportunity for Adventist Health Systems

...hile generating cost-savings of 60% or more compared to competitive solutions. In today's challenging healthcare environment, hospitals are looking to rein in controllable costs wherever they can." Beginning in 2008, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements are tied to hospitals' patient satisfaction survey...

Putting Health Before Politics: How the United States Senate Can Fix Global HIV/AIDS Funding

...eality, the opposite may be true. According to numerous reports, the pledge has led to further alienation of already-stigmatized groups and given free rein to police and resulted in further discrimination against women in sex work. Instead of reducing dependence on sex work, the policy is driving sex work...

ACP applauds Senate to vote to pass H.R. 6331 and avert physician payment cut

...ouse to override the veto. The Presidents advisers object to provisions in the bill that would reduce overpayments to Medicare managed care plans and rein in misleading marketing practices by some. We implore the President to reject the ill-considered advice that he veto this bill. H.R 6331 is an exce...

Stanford researchers find molecule that kills kidney cancer cells

...cers that also could be manipulated. Researchers' motivation could be twofold, the study's authors said: to find cures for deadly cancers, and to rein in the debilitating side effects caused by many current cancer treatments. "These results can be extended far beyond kidney cancer," Chan said. ...

New Survey Reveals How Much Employers Spend on Incentives for Health Management Programs

... an overall average of $192 per person per year. "More than three out of four major employers are using health and wellness programs in an effort to rein in costs that continue to soar year after year," said John Engler, president and CEO of NAM. "But trinkets and t-shirts aren't enough to motivate empl...

Health Disparities a Costly but Treatable Issue

...essional Briefing June 24 WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amid skyrocketing gas and food prices, there is one cost Americans can help rein in - the rising costs fueled by health disparities, so says the National Hispanic Medical Association in a congressional briefing Tuesday, June 24. ...

L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, Patient Activists to Unveil New Television Ad Targeting Health Insurers

...2:30 pm WHERE: Outside Moscone West, 4th & Howard Streets, San Francisco, California Delgadillo has won national acclaim for his efforts to rein in insurance industry abuses, including: -- Suing insurer Anthem Blue Cross of California for fraudulent business practices and deceptive advertisin...

Open Letter to Presidential Candidates on State Health Care Reform

...om the House Democrats, that plan is now known as "Access to Basic Care," and it passed the House this month in Senate Bill 1137. Rx4PA would also rein in the forces that have driven up the price of insurance in the small group market, reward employers already providing coverage and insure that no one...

Chronically Ill Patients Get More Care, Less Quality, Says Latest Dartmouth Atlas

...ed with cancer, congestive heart failure and/or chronic lung disease. The newest Atlas is an important policy guide as the government struggles to rein in Medicare spending which, like health care spending overall, is expected to double over the next decade. Latest estimates predict health care spendi...
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