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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Today's Globe: child healthcare bill, chronic disease alliance, depressed workers, medical device bill

The House voted yesterday to expand health insurance for children, but the Democrat-led victory may prove short-lived because the margin was too small to override President Bush's promised veto.

Some of the nation's leading healthcare policy specialists, including a former surgeon general, announced yesterday an initiative to pressure presidential candidates to develop strategies to combat chronic diseases as part of their healthcare plans.

Depressed employees worked an average of two more hours a week and were more effective in their jobs when assigned a telephone "care manager" who counseled them on treatments, a study showed.

The Legislature is again considering a bill that would require health providers in Massachusetts to obtain a patient's consent before treating them with reprocessed medical devices and instruments that are designed to be used once.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:53 AM
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