In the News This Week…

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Perdue funds swell amid malpractice debate, 8-9-11, The News and Observer

An Under the Dome report about the political contributions Governor Perdue received from trial lawyers as she considered whether to veto SB 33 Medical Liability Reforms.

Unhealthy cuts, 8-11-11, The News and Observer

An editorial that questions how NC legislators mandated cuts in the State Medicaid program. 

Medical providers benefit from preventive care, lowered costs, 8-8-11, Minnesota Public Radio News

Reporter Elizabeth Stawicki examines how a St. Paul, Minnesota physician group practice has benefited from an experimental Medicare program to improve patient care while lowering health care costs.

Doctors’ detailed histories to go online, 8-10-11, Chicago Tribune

Reporter Megan Twohey examines the soon-to-be implemented state law, “The Patients’ Right to Know Act,” and its impact on physicians who practice in Illinois.

The Phantom Menace of Sleep-Deprived Doctors, 8-5-11, The New York Times Magazine

Darshak Sanghavi, MD, chief of pediatric cardiology at UMass Medical School and Slate’s health care columnist, assesses whether new rules designed to reduce physician fatigue at teaching hospitals are also reducing errors.

Gun Query Off Limits for Doctors in Florida, 8-8-11, The New York Times

Erin N. Marcus, MD, writes about her experience with a new Florida law that bars doctors from routinely asking patients if they own a gun.

North Carolina’s Community Care Centers Reduce Medical Costs, 8-9-11, Newswise (The George Washington University)

News release highlights a policy research brief released from the George Washington University Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative on the financial impact of community health centers in North Carolina, which is recognized for its primary care innovation. Article includes a link to the policy research brief.

Giffords’ recovery renews focus on coverage gap for veterans, 8-11-12, McLatchy Newspapers

(This article appeared in The News and Observer and Miami Herald)

Writer Curtis Tate explains how cognitive therapy treatment for US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head in January, is lacking for veterans who’ve suffered similar injuries in combat.

The Golden Years Polished with Surgery, 8-8-11, The New York Times

Writer Abby Ellin reports on the growing trend of seniors using plastic surgery to have a younger looking appearance.


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