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Kennedy to offer HIT bill

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By Jack Beaudoin

Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) said he never thought he’d agree with former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich on anything. At the 2004 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Kennedy admitted he was wrong.

Newt Gingrich is right,” he said at a keynote address on Feb. 26. Healthcare needs to be run more like a business. We need to apply business models to the health care system.”

Kennedy noted that every year, American businesses spend $1,400 per employee on healthcare that has no clinical value.” He called it a $515 billion tax on employers that would run to $7.4 trillion over the next decade.

Our healthcare system produces great medicine,” Kennedy told his audience, " but it does so unevenly, with massive inefficiencies and mistakes." Read more


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