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Hospitals employing more docs to grow market share, study finds, 8-18-11, Modern Healthcare

Writer Jaimy Lee reports on a study by the Center for Studying Health System Change.

Only 1 in 5 medical malpractice cases pay, 8-18-11, Associated Press/The News and Observer

Associated Press medical writer Mike Stobbe examines a new study about medical malpractice claims, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Gov. Rick Perry’s Texas medical malpractice law: What it does, doesn’t and might do, 8-16-11, The Washington Post

Writer Sarah Kliff examines the impact of the Texas medical malpractice law that was signed into law by GOP presidential hopeful Gov. Rick Perry in 2003.

Medicaid services protected despite budget cuts, 8-17-11, The News and Observer

A letter to the editor by Rep. Nelson Dollar (R, Wake) and Sen. Louis Pate (R, Greene-Pitt-Wayne), Co-Chairs of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

Policy analysts see big ACO challenges, 8-17-11, Modern Healthcare

Writer Melanie Evans summarizes a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on whether accountable care organizations (ACOs) can improve health care quality.

Viewpoints: Advice for the ‘Super Committee”; Assessing Real Health Care Costs; Should IPAB be blocked?, 8-16-11, Kaiser Health News

A summary of editorial comments from various newspapers on current national health care issues.

A healthy option, 8-18-11, The News and Observer

A letter to the editor by Brian Toomey, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NC Community Health Center Association.

HIV Budget Cuts Show Why U.S. Health Care Is Broken, 8-17-11, The Atlantic

Commentary by Rebecca Haag, President and CEO of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

Goldsboro doctor ‘truly was colorblind,’ 8-15-11, The News and Observer

Correspondent Elizabeth Shestak recalls the life of H. Durwood Tyndall, MD, who ran a family practice in Goldsboro for almost 40 years. Dr. Tyndall was a Life Member of the NCMS, which he joined in 1956.

ECU’s dental dean quits after audit, 8-17-11, The News and Observer

Staff writer Jane Stancill reports on the sudden resignation of James R. Hupp, DDS, dean of the newly opened dental school at East Carolina University.

D.C.’s medical-marijuana program accents risks, 8-14-11, The Washington Times

Reporter Tom Howell Jr. writes about the newly published rules for the District of Columbia’s medical marijuana program, which require applicants to state in writing that they assume the risk of federal prosecution for growing or distributing the drug.

In a first at Duke, a baby’s skull and life are reshaped, 8-18-11, The News and Observer

Staff writer Anne Blythe reports on a procedure used by surgeons at Duke Medical Center to reshape a baby’s head.


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