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Dennis Murray
The author is a former news editor of Medical Economics.
News: Senate looks to ban 401(k) debit cards
Two legislators want to rid the nation of what they view as a particularly insidious product: debit cards linked to 401(k) accounts.
News: Mass. court's malpractice decision could have 'dramatic impact'
Massachusetts' highest court upheld a ruling that awarded $1 million to the family of a man whose missed diagnosis of stomach cancer resulted in death.
News: Federal government to send out '07 PQRI bonuses
The federal government began distributing more than 56,000 bonus checks to doctors and other health-care professionals who participated in the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Initiative.
News: 10% of deaths after surgery could have been prevented, study says
Besides the obviously heavy toll that preventable post-surgery deaths take on patients and their families, the mistakes also have a high cost to insurers and employers.
News: Many prospective homebuyers waiting on further price declines
A recent online survey revealed that nearly one-fourth of potential homebuyers are remaining on the sidelines, expecting housing prices to further deteriorate.
News: New online clinical encylopedia to launch this year
Medpedia, which is expected to launch before the end of the year, is being created in cooperation with professors at leading universities, including Harvard and Stanford, and will link to content from the CDC, FDA, and the National Institutes of Health.
News: SEC plan would make municipal bond data free to public
An SEC plan would make municipal bond information free to the public via the Electronic Municipal Market Access system
News: Congress blocks Medicare reimbursement cuts
The House and Senate overrode President Bush's veto of legislation that protects doctors from a cut in Medicare reimbursement rates.
News: Health care major issue in November elections, survey says
Almost four of five respondents to a survey say that health care will be one of the top three issues that will influence their votes in Novemeber's presidential election.
News: Health care in New Jersey is reaching a crisis stage
Seven New Jersey hospitals have closed in the last 18 months. The state also plans to trim $111 million in hospital funds from its 2009 budget.