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“If there is any hope that Congress’ new health­care bill will put some re­straints around the growth in med­i­cal costs, it rests in the part of the pro­posal that calls for re­ward­ing pro­grams that re­shape how medicine gets prac­ticed. And ‘re­shap­ing medicine’ in­cludes us­ing stud­ies that point the way to the best prac­tices. … And the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has the chance to in­vest in one such pro­gram with Dal­las ties—the Nurse-Fam­ily Part­ner­ship—when it starts giv­ing out $1.5 bil­lion in home health­care grants later this year. … Reg­is­tered nurses are put di­rectly into the com­mu­nity, where they work with moth­ers be­fore and af­ter birth. … Yes, there’s an up­front cost, about $5,000 per pa­tient. But the sav­ings jus­tify the cost. There is ev­i­dence to back up this med­i­cal prac­tice.”

— Dal­las Morn­ing News “The Repub­li­can can­di­date for gover­nor with years of leg­isla­tive ex­pe­ri­ence and scant sup­port in the opin­ion polls dropped out of the race. … The Repub­li­can can­di­date with no po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence who headed a cor­rupt hos­pi­tal com­pany is mov­ing up in the polls and is the only se­ri­ous pri­mary chal­lenger to the fa­vorite. … The rea­son for both de­vel­op­ments, of course, is money. … Health­care ex­ec­u­tive Rick Scott paid for more than $6 mil­lion in tele­vi­sion ads out of his own pocket and cap­tured 22% of the vote in the lat­est St. Peters­burg Times/Mi­ami Her­ald/Bay News 9/Cen­tral Florida News 13 poll. He has bought his way into the race and can no longer be dis­missed as an ob­scure wealthy busi­ness­man in­dulging his fan­tasy.”

— St. Peters­burg (Fla.) Times “Few Amer­i­cans know what a ‘med­i­cal loss ra­tio’ is, but a fierce strug­gle over how to cal­cu­late it un­der the new health­care re­form law will de­ter­mine how much in­sur­ers must spend on pa­tient care and how much they can re­tain for ad­min­is­tra­tion and prof­its. This is but one of many bat­tles that will emerge as fed­eral and state reg­u­la­tors de­velop reg­u­la­tions to im­ple­ment re­form. … Reg­u­la­tors will have to find an ap­proach that pre­vents in­sur­ers from gam­ing the sys­tem while en­cour­ag­ing them to spend money on mean­ing­ful mea­sures to im­prove qual­ity—a ma­jor goal of the re­form law.”

— New York Times

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