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THIS JUST IN July 12, 2012  

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Supreme Court rules ACA is constitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and Medicaid expansion. It did, however, strike down a provision that would’ve allowed Congress to retract any and all Medicaid funds from a state that refused to participate in the Medicaid expansion.


Patient hand-offs made simple

The Joint Commission recently released the Hand-off Communications Targeted Solutions Tool to help healthcare providers share important patient information from one care provider to the next. Many serious medical errors involve poor communication when patients are transferred or handed-off. The hand-off communications tool was created to help measure how effective hand-offs are within an organization and to supply solutions for improved performance.


Help create “The Future We Want”

The United Nations conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) has recognized the vital link between health and sustainable development. Discussions include a series of measures that have the potential to create a more equitable and prosperous world, with universal health coverage at the forefront of the future.


Let me see your ID

The FDA has recently proposed that medical devices distributed in the United States be branded with a unique device identifier. This has been suggested to help identify product problems and ultimately reduce adverse reactions caused by faulty medical devices. Healthcare providers would be able to easily detect any device problems and remove defective products from their facility.



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