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Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA)

Specter becomes Democrat, but still opposes card check

Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, one of the most visible opponents of the Employee Free Choice Act, has announced he will be leaving the Republican Party to caucus with the Democrats. But don’t expect a change of opinion toward the card-check bill, he says.

New predictive tool for C. difficile 77% effective

Recurrent cases of C. difficile present healthcare workers with a significant challenge. Now doctors at Harvard Medical School have developed a way to accurately predict who is at risk for the infection.

Bill would grant states money to pay for background checks for nursing home employees

(Editor’s note: In an earlier version of this story, we reported that providers would be responsible for paying for fees associated with employee background checks. That is not necessarily the case. A revised and updated version of the story follows.)

The Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act of 2009, which was reintroduced in the Senate this week by Sens. Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), would expand upon a seven-state pilot program that instituted federal background checks for potential nursing home employees.

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