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New Health Reform Report website provides ‘real facts, trusted analysis’ about healthcare law

BY Michael Johnsen

WASHINGTON Newt Gingrich, former House speaker and founder of the Center for Health Transformation, unveiled a new website on Wednesday — HealthReformReport.com — dedicated to providing “real facts, trusted analysis” with news about how the new federal healthcare law impacts individuals, doctors, businesses, hospitals, insurers and others.

“If you want to know what this means for you, this is the site where you can cut through red tape to get the answers,” Gingrich said. “No government jargon. No painful, twisted bureaucratic explanations. Just the facts. Pure and simple.”

HealthReformReport.com will be a compilation of news stories and pieces written by contributors from public policy analysts, think tanks, the medical profession and others who analyze the upcoming policy ramifications of the healthcare law and what it means to individuals, employers, physicians, hospitals and more.

"I imagine anyone who goes to this website will have their eyes wide open,” stated Nancy Desmond, CEO of the Center for Health Transformation, a sponsor of the site. “It should become a trusted source for anyone trying to learn about the healthcare law, just as political junkies go to Politico.com or sports fans go to ESPN’s website.”

 

Gingrich said there is no single source for information about the new healthcare law. The Health Reform Report will provide a simple timeline of implementation changes for those who want to anticipate a certain tax or policy requirement, for example. To learn more, visit HealthReformReport.com.

 

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Sanofi-Aventis, Paul and Mira Sorvino launch ‘Diabetes Co-Stars’ program

BY Allison Cerra

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. Sanofi-Aventis has tapped actors Paul and Mira Sorvino to launch an awareness program aimed to help people living with diabetes and those who support them.

 

The "Diabetes Co-Stars" program provides family and friends of diabetics with advice on lifestyle choices, healthy cooking, promoting physical activity and treatment options including insulin, Sanofi-Aventis said. DiabetesCoStars.com provides links to the Sanofi-Aventis diabetes social media pages, including Facebook and Twitter.

 

The website also provides a look into Paul Sorvino’s life with Type 2 diabetes and how he manages his condition. Sorvino was diagnosed in 2006 with the condition, and at the direction of his doctor, he began taking prescription oral diabetes medications, including Sanofi-Aventis’ diabetes drug Lantus. While treatment and lifestyle changes continue to help Sorvino on his diabetes journey, having support from his daughter, Mira, also has helped Sorvino to make the right decisions.

 

"’Diabetes Co-Stars’ will help inspire people to find support for their diabetes journey," Sorvino said. "After my diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, I was completely overwhelmed. I realized the importance of learning how to manage the condition, and that I don’t have to do it alone. I also worked with my doctor to discuss lifestyle changes and to find a treatment plan that works for me."

 

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Jerry Barnes receives lifetime achievement award from GMDC

BY Michael Johnsen

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The Global Market Development Center last week awarded its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award to Jerry Barnes at its Health Beauty Wellness Marketing Conference in Orlando, Fla.

GMDC annually bestows this honor on a person who has contributed significantly to the general merchandise and health, beauty and wellness industries, as well as to GMDC through his or her leadership.

“Jerry’s contributions have been very unique, as he served as a key leader as both a member and as a senior manager on our staff,” stated David McConnell, GMDC president. “Jerry had a very successful career inside the industry, which began in the late 1960s when he joined Fleming Foods in Topeka, Kan. In 1982, he left Fleming to go to Carr-Gottstein Foods in Anchorage, Alaska, where he served as corporate VP merchandising and GMDC’s chairman,” McDonnell added. “I think Jerry did his most significant work on behalf of GMDC when, as chairman of the board, he helped facilitate the merger between GMDC and the former National Association of Service Merchandising in 1994. In his many years as a staff member, he has truly served as a catalyst for membership growth and expansion as he’s captured the trust of the membership through his knowledge of the business and passion for GMDC.”

Jerry Barnes has been a regular participant at GMDC Marketing Conferences for more than 20 years and served as chairman of the association in 1994. Since 1996 he has served on the GMDC staff in his role as VP member services.

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