November 2007 Health Care News

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November, 2007
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The November 2007 issue of Health Care News reports on new efforts to require pharmaceutical firms to disclose gifts to physicians and make hospital pricing policies more transparent. On page 1:

  • Sen. Chuck Grassley has co-sponsored legislation that requires pharmaceutical firms to disclose all gifts and payments they make to physicians.
  • Texas passed legislation that will require health care providers to give consumers greater access to price information for medical services and billing procedures.
  • Nonprofit hospitals in Michigan plan to list their prices for common medical tests and procedures.
  • Without a change to a scheduled reduction in the two-year-old Medicaid generic prescription drug reimbursement rate, federal funding to neighborhood pharmacies will be cut by 36 percent next January.

Also in this issue: Edwards, Giuliani offer reform plans; Medicare and specialty hospitals, FDA reform, electronic medical records, medical tourism, SCHIP, secondhand smoke, long-term care, and more.

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