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Bent on swaying lawmaking, drugmakers funnel millions to members of Congress

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Emmarie Huetteman and Sydney Lupkin, Kaiser Health News Before the midterm elections heated up, dozens of drugmakers had already poured about $12 million into the war chests of hundreds of members of Congress. Since the beginning of last year, 34 lawmakers have each received more than $100,000 from pharmaceutical companies. Two of those — Reps.…

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Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital to open new Breast Care Center

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STEVENS POINT — With the support of individuals and businesses in the Stevens Point and outlying communities and the St. Michael’s Foundation Hope is Building campaign, the vision of a new Breast Care Center is now a reality at Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital and Ascension Medical Group. A Community Open House Celebration is planned from…

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Aspirus can help with advance care planning

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WAUSAU — Who would make health care decisions if you couldn’t speak for yourself because of an injury or illness? Aspirus is hosting a free community program from noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7 titled, “Brewing the Conversation – About Advance Care Planning” at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Advance Care Planning is a process of planning…

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Report: Violence against emergency room staffers on the rise

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By Eli Wolfe/FairWarning Slaps, kicks, bites and curses are daily hazards faced by staff in hundreds of emergency rooms. And the threat of workplace violence seems to be getting worse. A new survey has found that nearly 50 percent of emergency physicians have been physically assaulted on the job, and nearly 70 percent believe violence…

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Insurers accused of conspiring to deny Lyme disease coverage

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By Cameron Langford/Courthouse News TEXARKANA, Texas (CN) – Twenty-eight people claim in a federal antitrust lawsuit that Lyme disease victims are being forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for treatment because health insurers are denying coverage with bogus guidelines established by their paid consultants, who falsely say the disease can always be cured…

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Ascension Wisconsin chief med officer named internist of year

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WESTON — Ascension Wisconsin Chief Medical Officer Douglas Reding, MD, MPH, FACP, has been recognized as the American College of Physicians – Wisconsin Chapter, Distinguished Internist of the Year. The award was presented earlier in September. The Distinguished Internist of the Year Award honors exceptional effort and contribution to the science and art of internal medicine…

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