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PARTNERSHIP FOR PATIENTS TO IMPROVE CARE AND LOWER COSTS FOR AMERICANS

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, joined by leaders of major hospitals, employers, health plans, physicians, nurses, and patient advocates, today announced the Partnership for Patients, a new national partnership that will help save 60,000 lives by stopping millions of preventable injuries and complications in patient care over the next three years.
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MEDICARE STEPS UP ENFORCEMENT OF EQUAL VISITATION AND REPRESENTATION RIGHTS IN HOSPITALS

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new guidance to support enforcement of rules that protect hospital patients’ right to choose their own visitors during a hospital stay, including a visitor who is a same-sex domestic partner.
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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SUNSHINE RULE INCREASES TRANSPARENCY IN HEALTH CARE

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS ) announced today a proposed rule that will increase public awareness of financial relationships between drug and device manufacturers and certain health care providers.
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HHS RESCINDS MEDICAID REGULATIONS

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OVERALL HEALTH CARE COST GROWTH PROJECTIONS SLOW FROM 2003 MEDICARE DRUG COVERAGE EXPECTED TO LOWER PRICES

The rate of health care spending in the United States is projected to grow 7.5 percent in 2004, down from the 7.7 percent growth experienced in 2003, according to a report issued today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
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