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Parliament's moral duty on assisted dying
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

... been a lull in the media recently about the rights and wrongs of assisted dying, but the conflict is sure to break out again with the imminent publication of the report from Lord Falconer's commission, established to consider changes to the law. ...more »

Six former Bell council members lose appeal
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 1, 2012

Previous judges have chastised the former council members. In rejecting their motion to drop the charges earlier this month, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy issued a scathing 10-page ruling brushing aside the politicians' ...more »

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Bad Faith Insurance
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2012 US Healthcare With ERISA Gold Teeth: Supreme Court Decisions Changed Your ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 3, 2012

In 2011, the Supreme Court has completely changed the healthcare legal landscape, correcting federal law, ERISA, from no remedies ("No Teeth") to "appropriate equitable relief" with "make-whole remedies" or surcharge ("Gold Teeth"). ...more »

Hipaa Compliance
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Health care faces a year of uncertainty
The TennesseanJanuary 1, 2012

The new health-care law's mandates are staggered year-by-year. The emphasis in 2012 will be on improving the delivery of health care by ushering in Accountable Care Organizations and reducing payments to hospitals with high rates of preventable ...more »

Elder Care Abuse
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Editorial Lambasts Washington for Ignoring Elder Abuse
Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Blog (blog)January 6, 2012

However, all elder rights advocates know that seniors respond to promises kept, not promises made. Promises to ensure quality medical care and prevent instances of elder abuse are worthless if positive steps are not taken to fulfill those promises. ...more »

Living Wills
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Babar living in a fool's paradise: Sana
The News InternationalJanuary 2, 2012

LAHORE: Punjab Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan has said Babar Awan is living in a fool's paradise. He said the Punjab is the stronghold of Pakistan Muslim League-N and the people will prove this fact in the next elections. ...more »

Medicare & Medicaid Issues
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New year to bring new rules on e-prescriptions, pill mills
USA TODAYJanuary 1, 2012

1, physician Carl E. Mitchell knows he will face a 1 percent cut in payments he gets for seeing Medicare patients, but the lost money isn't steep enough to convince him to start writing some prescriptions electronically to avoid the hit. ...more »


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