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Health Care Reform
from The New York Times
As November 2009 began, Congress headed toward a point it had never reached during the 75 years Democrats have been pursuing a comprehensive national health insurance program - putting bills to the test on the floor of both houses. More
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Policy Update

G.O.P. Counters With a Health Plan of Its Own
from The New York Times
House Republicans have come up with an answer to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, drafting an alternative health care bill that would reward states for reducing the number of uninsured, limit damages in medical malpractice lawsuits and allow small businesses to band together and buy insurance exempt from most state regulation. More
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Merging Reimbursement for Home Training into the Proposed Bundle is a Serious Mistake
from Nephrology News & Issues
Several government agencies - the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the Government Accountability Office, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - and Congress have all expressed interest in seeing more individuals with end-stage renal disease dialyzing at home in the future. More
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Research & Trends

Can 'Bundled' Payments Help Slash Health Costs?
from USA Today
An hour into knee replacement surgery, Yogesh Mittal smiles as he raises the left leg of his patient, 76-year-old Frank Morrow. The surgery at the 691-bed Hillcrest Medical Center here is part of an experiment testing a new "bundled" payment system. More
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Options Shrink for Elders, Advocates Say
from Community Press
In-home and assisted-living care options for Ohio seniors and disabled adults are another casualty of the state's smaller 2010-11 budget. These significantly less-expensive housing options than nursing homes for qualifying adults lost $15 million a year in state money for each of the next two years and created waiting lists for applicants and costs taxpayers money. More
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Innovation

GeckoSystems' CEO to Outline the Future of Robotics in Health Care at "Mobile Robots in Motion" Conference
from Market Wire
GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. announced that Martin Spencer, GeckoSystems' president and chief executive officer, will discuss the role of robots in the future of health care during their "Mobile Robots in Motion" conference in Atlanta, Ga. GeckoSystems is committed to delivering home care robots, such as their CareBot, as an assistive technology to promote wellness and enhance quality of life for seniors and their families. More
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National Family Caregivers Month, 2009
from The White House
The true strength of the American family finds its roots in an unwavering commitment to care for one another. In difficult times, Americans come together to ensure our loved ones are comfortable and safe. During National Family Caregivers Month, we honor the individuals providing essential services to family members who could not otherwise look after themselves. More
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Resources

Managing Diabetes - It's Not Easy, But It's Worth It
from National Diabetes Education Program
In 2009, NDEP refreshed its Control Your Diabetes. For Life. campaign. The new messages communicate the seriousness of diabetes, the importance of managing the disease to prevent or delay complications, the idea that managing diabetes is not easy but it is worth it, and the importance of making a plan. The print public service announcement and poster series feature people from around the country living with diabetes who reflect a diversity of ethnicity and age. More
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