October 2005 Health Care News

Issue Date: 
October, 2005
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The October issue of Health Care News spotlights the private sector's response to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort; corporate aid neared $100 million in cash and millions more in medicine, medical personnel, and other products and services.

Also on page 1:

  • The federal government's Medicaid Advisory Commission voted in August on six recommendations designed to save more than $10 billion over the next five years;
  • Aetna has made available online to its policyholders information on the prices it has negotiated with in-network doctors; and
  • South Carolina has proposed to restructure its Medicaid program into a defined contributio system similar to health plans in the private market.

Also in this issue: new flu vaccine, individual health insurance, drug importation, nurse practitioners, reducing nutritional disease, health savings accounts, and more.

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