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November 8, 2012
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  • Analysis: Obama's win solidifies the Affordable Care Act
    President Barack Obama's re-election has secured the survival of the Affordable Care Act, but challenges to the law remain, experts say. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is expected to try to roll back the planned expansion of Medicaid benefits to more low-income adults, and Republican governors in some states have pledged not to implement the act's state health insurance exchanges. However, "there's sort of an immediate acceptance that this law will stay in place in some meaningful way," said Chris Jennings, who was an adviser to President Bill Clinton. Reuters (11/7) , The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

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  • Multi-pronged treatment prevents amputation
    Doctors at Methodist Medical Center Wound Treatment Center in Oak Ridge, Tenn., used a cell-based skin substitute and hyperbaric oxygen therapy to heal a diabetic man's foot wound that had nearly turned gangrene before he sought treatment. The treatment averted the need for amputation, and the patient said he learned more about how to manage his diabetes. The Oak Ridger (Tenn.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Black tea may reduce diabetes risk
    A study in the British Medical Journal found that countries in which people had the highest rates of drinking black tea also had the lowest levels of type 2 diabetes. Increased consumption of black tea was also associated with lower levels of obesity. Scientists suggest the reason may be that the fermentation process creates healthful flavonoids. The Daily Mail (London) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report lists 10 biggest perils tied to health tech in 2013
    The ECRI Institute has issued a report detailing its list of the 10 key health technology hazards for 2013, including mismatches of patient records in health IT systems and failed interoperability involving HIT tools and medical devices. Given these potential risks, the report urges health groups to put a greater focus on HIT when planning safety efforts for next year. Health Data Management (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business and Finance 
  • What Obama's re-election means for small-business owners
    President Barack Obama's re-election means the federal health care law will move forward, but it remains to be seen how the law will affect business owners' bottom lines. Obama's re-election also might pave the way for a showdown with congressional Republicans over his tax proposals, which might end in standstill. "I don't think anything's going to change," Peter Cohan of Babson College said. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Breaking news from AOPA
    Access the latest breaking news and top stories from AOPA, including legislative and regulatory news, what’s happening with CMS, the Veterans Administration, health care reform, the National Assembly, and general information the O&P profession needs to know to keep current and provide the best patient care. Read the breaking news. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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