The September 2006 issue of Health Care News highlights technology in health care, including the Health Information Technology Promotion Act of 2006 (H.R. 4157) and efforts by national and regional health insurers to encourage electronic patient visits by reimbursing providers for establishing secure online visit systems.
On page 1:
- Maryland's anti-Wal-Mart law was overturned by a federal district court because it violates the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
- A study of the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Program reveals free-market competition is keeping drug prices down.
- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has signed an ordinance establishing a health coverage plan for city residents.
- Two U.S. Senators have introduced separate measures they say would insure the 19 million to 46 million Americans who are believed to lack coverage.
Also in this issue: consumer-driven health care plans, Chicago's "big-box" ordinance, the Enzi-Kennedy drug safety measure, making health insurance portable, long-term care, flu vaccines, and more ... including part 2 of Heartland Science Director Jay Lehr's two-part review of Chew on This.
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