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Deals that might just work

   Also in today's Opinion section:

- A decent deal emerges - Buffalo News Editorial
   The steps now taken toward a proposed contract between the county and its largest union are worthy of Collinsmug credit for both the county executive and union leaders.
   Union members should support
the deal. Instead of a vote, that now will be done by mail.
   County Executive
Chris Collins [right] may have accomplished a near insurmountable task that loomed as he took office in 2008. He has negotiated new labor agreements with the county’s unions, in an era of distrust and well after the previous contracts had run out.
   If successful, it would be a crowning moment for Collins -- 85 percent of county employees will be under a contract through 2015, and during the last year of his second term if he is re-elected next year. That percentage includes other union agreements.
   The willingness of leaders of
Local 815 of the Civil Services Employees Association leaders to negotiate deserves as much recognition.

- Physician-led groups would improve quality of care - Dennis R. Horrigan /Catholic Independent Practice Association
   After months of contentious debate, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. health care Horrigan reform, recently became law. We have learned, however, that the cost of the reform bill will exceed the original projection and is estimated that it will increase costs by more than $511 billion over the next 10 years.
   An overlooked part of the law creates a
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation that will support local health care systems in delivering care at a sustainable price. In short, the law empowers physicians and hospitals to take the lead in making the health care system work better. ...
   A recent California Health Care Foundation survey found that one in three patients who accessed their personal health record took action to improve their care. Empowering patients to use their personal health information will become a critical component of high performing health care systems.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News  


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