Noteworthy News of the Week

Posted on February 25, 2011

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Obama Health-Care Law Survives Constitutional Challenge in Washington Case
23 Feb 2011, Tom Schoenberg and Andrew M. Harris, Bloomberg News
The Obama administration’s health- care reform law survived a constitutional challenge in federal court in Washington, marking the third U.S. victory against cases seeking to block the measure.

Hospitals aim to reduce the number of patients readmitted after discharge
Feb 22 2011, Michelle Andrews, Washington Post
“Welcome back” are two words you’d really rather not hear at a hospital, especially if you’ve just been discharged. Yet one in five Medicare patients found themselves back in the hospital within 30 days of leaving it in 2003 and 2004, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Massachusetts General Hospital Settles Potential HIPAA Violations
25 Feb 2011, HHS, Medical News Today
The General Hospital Corporation and Massachusetts General Physicians Organization Inc. (Mass General) has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1,000,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today.

Treating root causes
Feb 22 2011, Akilah Johnson, Boston Globe
Boston Medical Center volunteers try to solve social and environmental ills that damage health

Obama administration replaces controversial ‘conscience’ regulation for health-care workers
Feb 19 2011, Rob Stein,  Washington Post
After two years of struggling to balance the rights of patients against the beliefs of health-care workers, the Obama administration on Friday finally rescinded most of a federal regulation designed to protect those who refuse to provide care they find objectionable on moral or religious grounds.

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