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U.S. health reform faces big test with implementation
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Democrats are pushing to shore up support for the U.S. healthcare overhaul signed into law by President Barack Obama, but the final public verdict will largely depend on how smoothly it is put into effect.

Report: Thyroid cancer radiation a public threat
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A Nuclear Regulatory Commission rule allowing hospitals to discharge radioactive thyroid cancer patients to their homes and hotels poses a public health threat, a congressional report recently said. More

Interpreting health: Cultural barriers at New York City hospitals
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In order to serve its increasingly multi-lingual population, New York State requires interpretation services in all hospitals. But when caring for immigrants, the language barrier is just one of a myriad of issues health providers grapple with.

The National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) Initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions.

Visit for more details.

New worries about H1N1 influenza
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Continuing activity of pandemic H1N1 influenza in the Southeast, particularly in Georgia, is raising fears of a third wave of swine flu cases, federal officials said Monday. They urged people to continue getting vaccinated as a preventive measure in case a new outbreak occurred. More

Strapped states cut back on HIV/AIDS funds
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As states struggle with budget shortfalls, many are looking to trim costs by chopping health spending. And funding for HIV/AIDS programs has been a prime target. More

Open enrollment
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With health care reform now the law of the land, the Obama administration faces a logistical challenge no simpler than wrangling votes in Congress: enrolling more than 30 million Americans in health insurance. If the Congressional Budget Office prediction holds true, 19 million additional Americans will carry health insurance when the individual mandate becomes law on Jan. 1, 2014. More

SHCA Committees - Volunteer Your Time and Talent

The SHCA leadership is excited to invite you to respond to this year’s Call for Volunteers. We need your skills, passion, and perspective to build a vibrant, inclusive, and multicultural corps of volunteer leaders throughout our committees.

The roles and responsibilities of each SHCA committee can be reviewed on the SHCA Online Committee webpage. Candidates are asked to complete the short online form, and share your interests, experience, and relevant expertise.

The deadline to respond to the Call for Volunteers is Friday, April 9, 2010; appointments will be made in May with the first meetings starting in June.

Companies push to repeal provision of health law
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An association representing 300 large corporations urged President Obama and Congress on Monday to repeal a provision of the health care overhaul that prompted AT&T, Caterpillar and other companies to announce substantial charges for the current quarter. More

This week is set aside annually to celebrate, honor and recognize those who, day-in and day-out, aid, support and educate patients across the country. During Patient Advocacy Week, you have the opportunity to publicly thank your staff for the critical role they play in your hospital’s success.

SHCA offers many items to help you show your appreciation of your staff as well as promote the role of Patient Advocates to facility administrators, clinical personnel and patients alike! Visit the SHCA website for more details.

Download the Patient Advocacy Week Order Form to view special products and pricing on SHCA publications including the NEW The Sky is Falling...So They Called Me, Vol. 2. Pre-order your copy today! Orders for this new book will not be shipped until after April 21.

Questions? Contact SHCA at (312) 422-3700 or

FDA's tobacco panel targets menthol cigarettes
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Are menthol cigarettes—which account for one-quarter of cigarette sales—more addictive than other smokes? That's a top question facing the FDA's new advisory committee on tobacco regulation, which is meeting for the first time Tuesday. It's tasked with determining whether menthols should be treated differently from regular tobacco.

SHCA 2010: Strengthening the Foundation of Patient Advocacy is THE conference for advocates working to improve the patient and family experience.

The excitement continues again this year in Pittsburgh April 14 – 16 with education from leading experts in the field, an exhibit hall with service providers, and networking events where you can build valuable contacts.

For more details visit the conference Web site or call (312) 422-3700.

Funds double for health clinics
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Federally funded health clinics are set to play an even larger role in the revamped health care landscape, which expands Medicaid and other insurance coverage and sharply increases funding for the clinics. The clinics, whose number nearly doubled with the backing of President George W. Bush, are an anchor of primary care for many immigrants and residents of inner cities and rural areas.

SHCA Webinar: Accountability Nuts and Bolts for Healthcare Leaders presented by
Wendy Leebov - May 19, 2010

To achieve breakthroughs in patient-centered care and the patient experience, leaders need to raise the bar on communication and service quality and proactively manage employee performance with clarity, courage and conviction. In this webinar, Wendy will provide an intensive refresher on the leader’s key roles in accountability and share concrete tools you can use to move your employees to a higher level of effectiveness and professional pride. Register today!

Report: States struggle to tally foodborne illnesses
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State and local reporting of foodborne illnesses is the first line of defense against national outbreaks. Yet a study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest finds that almost half of states do a poor job of tracking outbreaks—and suggests passing legislation to reform the Food and Drug Administration will help. More

Philadelphia gets big money to trim waistlines, smoking
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Philadelphia snagged $25 million in federal stimulus grants recently announced nationwide and immediately launched an ambitious public-health campaign to cut obesity and smoking.

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