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Monthly Archives: March 2014

House Passes 12-Month SGR ‘Doc Fix’ by Voice Vote

On Thursday morning, March 27, the House passed by voice vote a proposal (HR 4302) to delay for 12 months a scheduled 24% cut to Medicare physician reimbursements, The Hill's "Floor Action" reports. The bill now heads to the Senate (Kasperowicz, "Floor Action," The Hill, 3/27). House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday announced that…
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Washtenaw County Ranks First in Health Factors for Fifth Consecutive Year

YPSILANTI, Mich., March 26, 2014 – Washtenaw County ranks first among Michigan counties in “health factors” according to the 2014 County Health Rankings released today. This is the fifth anniversary of the Rankings, and the fifth consecutive year that Washtenaw County has received the top ranking for health factors. The County Health Rankings are based…
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Washtenaw County Influenza Surveillance – 3/14/14

Lab-confirmed Cases: It appears the flu season is winding down. Reports of confirmed influenza in Washtenaw County are at low levels. Locally, we peaked during the week ending January 4th. Influenza A/H1N1 has been the dominant strain this season, with a few cases of influenza A/H3 and B reported as well. Please see the local…
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Washtenaw Medical Beat #3 on Depression Now Available for Viewing

The Washtenaw Medical Beat can be seen on the Community Television Network, Cable Channel 17, or thru the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=kdiOXSHRxp4 The program will air on Channel 17 on March 12 at 3 pm; March 13 at 9 pm; March 14 at 4:30 pm; March 15 at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm and March 16…
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​Polio-like Paralysis in California Children Alarms Govt

http://cdn.rt.com/files/news/23/14/c0/00/26.si.jpg US Senator Barbara Boxer has called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a mysterious illness that causes polio-like paralysis in young children. The condition has affected 20 children in California alone in the last 18 months. Sen. Boxer sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…
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Congress Gets House Calls, Rx for Medicare reform by March 31

Physicians from dozens of states are meeting face to face this week on Capitol Hill with their members of Congress, calling for immediate action to eliminate the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula by March 31 and revitalize the Medicare system. "It’s important to be here so our members of Congress know that we take this…
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Public Health Invites Nominations for Healthy Workplace Awards

Healthy Workplace Awards will recognize small and large businesses that are promoting healthy behaviors in the workplace, such as physical activity or healthy eating, through wellness programs or other strategies. Local honorees will be announced in conjunction with National Public Health Week, April 7-13, 2014. This year’s theme is “Public Health: Start Here” and focuses…
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