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- U.S. News & World Report names Hospital for Special Surgery among 2012 America's Best Hospitals
For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named Hospital for Special Surgery the top hospital in the country for orthopedics in its 2012 "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Once again, the hospital ranked as a leader in rheumatology at number three in the nation. In addition, neurology was ranked at No. 10.
- China should abandon family planning policy
In this post on the Council of Foreign Relations' "Asia Unbound" blog, Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the council, argues that China should abandon its so-called "one-child policy," writing, "Despite the relaxation of the law, China is increasingly suffering the consequences of a draconian policy that was put in place in the early 1980s."
- Pre-concussion baseline testing now available at three Vanderbilt clinics
The Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center is now offering pre-concussion baseline testing to all community recreational athletes in advance of many high-impact seasonal sports resuming this fall.
- States are fertile ground for Health IT opportunities
What the decision won't do, however, is trigger a new round of federal technology spdnding. Some of the major contracts associated with the legislation have already been awarded, and work has already begun.
- Health law continues to be challenge for Romney campaign
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney continues to confront issues about the similarities between the health reform he signed while Massachusetts governor and the 2010 federal health law. Meanwhile, The Associated Press reports about some of Romney's potential running mates and key issues in the campaign.
- Repeal strategies take shape -- though none will likely be easy
Yes, if Mitt Romney wins the White House and his Republican allies retake the Senate, he could shred most of President Barack Obama's health care law without having to overpower a Democratic filibuster. But it won't be as easy as some Republicans portend, and it certainly won't be quick. Why? Because any realistic effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act -- as opposed to last week's quixotic vote in the GOP-controlled House -- is sure to get jumbled together with lots of other issues, including Medicare, taxes, food stamps and defense spending.
- HCHD named among Hospitals and Health Networks' Most Wired list
For the second year in a row, the Harris County Hospital District was named to the Most Wired list by Hospitals and Health Networks, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association. The Harris County Hospital District joins one other healthcare system in Houston and six others in Texas to be recognized for advances in technology.
- Governors stake out political and policy positions on Medicaid expansion
During the National Governors Association meeting this past weekend in Williamsburg, Va., the nation's state executives continued to wrestle with what to do in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision.
- Health benefits: Different circumstances for public- and private-sector workers
The Wall Street Journal examines the benefits gap between state and local government employees and their counterparts in the priv`te sector. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that Consolidated Edison has reinstated health insurance for New York workers locked out during contract negotiations.
- African leaders reaffirm commitment to eliminate malaria at African Union summit
"African leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to efforts to eliminate malaria, after they were informed that unprecedented success in scaling up malaria control interventions resulted in one-third reduction of malaria deaths in African in the last decade," PANA/Afriquejet reports.
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