Dec. 3, 2010

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Today's Featured Story

Rural Health Makes Strides Under Reform, but Challenges Remain

A rural health lobbyist says that federal health reform is heading in the right direction: toward improving rural Americans’ access to insurance and care by working to strengthen small outlying hospitals and bolster the rural health work force and infrastructure. But lobbyists claim that several important rural-related provisions were omitted from the reform statute — on topics ranging from critical access hospitals’ needs to proper rural representation on national health panels — and they say they intend to continue fighting for these provisions in the next Congress.... Read Full Story


Quote of the Day

“It’s a little striking when all 11 of the FORTUNE 500 health insurance companies had less profit last year than [just] one pharmaceutical company. So the notion of identifying the health insurance industry as the culprit on the issue of health care costs seems to be a little absurd. It’s important that we not confuse political theater with the reality of the issue.”

— Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) told the recent Fall Forum of America’s Health Insurance Plans.

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Today's Datapoint

78%... of office-based physicians work in practices with nine or fewer docs, and the majority of those are either solo practices or offices with two to four physicians, according to the AMA.

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People on the Move

Omnicare, Inc. named Nitin Sahney president of its newly created Specialty Care Group business. He previously managed a health care investment fund and advised executives at publicly traded health care services firms and private-equity groups....CSA Medical, Inc. appointed William H. Floyd president, CEO and member of the board of directors. Floyd was vice president of U.S. sales at Covidien.


Today's Featured Health Business Job Opening

Aegis Medical Systems, Inc.
Clinic Director / Program Manager
Los Angeles

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