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Iowa News

Virginia Gay Hospital opens new outpatient clinic
The next major step in Virginia Gay Hospital’s expansion and renovation project opened its doors Monday, as the hospital’s expanded outpatient clinic began serving patients. (Cedar Valley Daily Times)

Defibrillators in every Cedar Rapids police car
St. Luke’s Health Care Foundation donated 50 defibrillators to the Police Department on Tuesday. Police Chief Greg Graham said this donation is important because police officers are also first responders. The donation is part of St. Luke’s Heart Safe Community project. (KCRG)

Mandate hospitals report all medical errors
Allowing hospitals to voluntarily report such important information to a nongovernmental entity has not worked in Iowa. It’s time for lawmakers to finally mandate the reporting of not only infections, but all medical errors, by all hospitals. (Des Moines Register)

U.S. News

Democrats on track to revive healthcare overhaul
On the eve of President Obama’s planned healthcare summit, Democratic lawmakers are increasingly confident that they can resurrect their sweeping overhaul legislation after weeks of uncertainty about whether they could overcome the unified opposition of Republicans. (Los Angeles Times)

Republicans plan to stress private-sector alternatives to the president’s plan
Republicans are preparing to use Thursday’s White House health-care summit to sell their own ideas for using the private marketplace to expand coverage and reduce costs, but they remain wary of fumbling away what they believe is an advantage on the issue heading into this year’s critical midterm elections. (Washington Post)

Impact of bipartisan summit to be felt beyond health care
Lights. Camera. Traction. That’s what President Obama will be seeking Thursday at a televised summit with Republicans and Democrats on his stalled effort to revamp America’s health care system. (USA Today)

The Democrats’ 2010 health reform plan evokes 1993 republican bill
In 1993, at the height of President Bill Clinton’s health care reform initiative, Sen. John Chafee, R-R.I., along with 19 other Republicans and two Democrats, put forth a bill which was considered the major GOP proposal. One of the co-sponsors was then-Sen. Dave Durenberger, R-Minn. The bill, just like the Democratic version, never passed. But in a sense, it’s been revived this year. (Kaiser Health News)

Anthem Blue Cross plans to go ahead with rate hikes in California
Reporting from Sacramento – Executives from California health insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross, under fire for scheduled rate hikes of up to 39 percent, insisted Tuesday that their premiums were fair and legal, and they told lawmakers they expected that the increases would go forward. (Los Angeles Times)

Hospital leaders give strategies for removing ED bottlenecks
Appointing emergency room “czars” to manage hospital beds, placing patients in recliners if they didn’t need an ED bed, and contracting with whole physician groups to take responsibility for ED calls are three strategies that can help hospitals remove bottlenecks that waste acute care resources. (HealthLeaders Media)

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