Healthcare News January 5, 2013

  • AHA: $41B in hospital care uncompensated in 2011

    U.S. hospitals were uncompensated for about $41 billion in care, or 6 percent of their total expenses, in 2011, according to a new survey.

    The American Hospital Association (AHA) published its annual figures Friday along with numbers from past years.

    The tallies show hospitals’ share of uncompensated care has remained steady at 6 percent for more than two decades. 

  • GOP bill would bar Planned Parenthood from Title X

    A House GOP bill reintroduced Friday would keep Planned Parenthood from receiving funds under Title X, a federal family-planning program, because the group provides abortions with separate dollars.

    The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act has at least 24 Republican co-sponsors, many of whom came to office in the 2010 wave election.

    The bill seeks to eliminate any organization that offers abortions as a provider under Title X, a program created under President Nixon that subsidizes preventive healthcare for low-income women. 

  • Rep. Waxman commemorates law that fights rare diseases

    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) commemorated the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Orphan Drug Act Friday, calling it a “legislation that has proven successful beyond all expectations.”
     
    The Orphan Drug Act was signed into law by President Reagan on Jan. 4, 1983, and created financial incentives for products that treated those afflicted with rare diseases.

    In the decade preceding the law’s passage, there were only ten drugs developed to treat rare diseases, a situation that Waxman characterized as “a classic case of market failure.”

  • Obama administration begins major overhaul of food safety rules

    The Food and Drug Administration released two regulations aimed at preventing contamination of the food supply.

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