Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday's First NEws

Oral arguments will be heard today in the Florida challenge to health reform. Meanwhile, the NY Times says the court cases about the new law highlight the partisanship among the courts. And pundits try to figure out what to do if the individual mandate falls. In many states, governors oppose reform but are still moving ahead with implementation -- what Politico calls a double-bind.

The White House is beginning a series of meetings between Don Berwick, head of Medicare, and stakeholders in the health debate -- primarily providers.

But here's how innovation will help us improve health care in America. Six large health systems -- Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger, Mayo Clinic and others -- are teaming up, pooling data on health care utilization to see what treatments are the most effective in terms of health outcomes and cost. This is really exciting. Here's more on this collaboration.

One bright spot in the fact that our health system keeps growing is that it's still creating employment opportunities.

And that's all the news for this morning. Have a great day! Jennifer

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