In the News This Week…

State cleared to spend on health exchange, 11-30-11, The News and Observer/Under the Dome

Staff Writers Craig Jarvis and John Frank report on state legislators approving money to go toward establishing a preliminary health insurance exchange.

Money slated for health law gets detoured, 11-24-11, The Washington Times

Writer Paige Winfield Cunningham reports on how lawmakers have been tapping money earmarked for health care for other more-immediate spending needs.

Support Builds for a Plan to Rein In Medicare Costs, 11-24-11, The New YorkTimes

Writer Robert Pear examines how the special Congressional committee on budget reduction created a case for major structural changes in the Medicare program. This article was reprinted in The News and Observer on 11-25-11 under the headline, Support grows to alter Medicare.

Budget work to coincide with campaign fund raising, 11-16-11, The News and Observer

Staff Writers Lynn Bonner and John Frank examine the impact of campaign fund raising as legislators work on the state budget.

Toothache lawsuit may stifle medical gag orders against online rants, 11-30-11,

Writer JoNel Aleccia reports that a federal court in New York is being asked to declare a contract clause that gags patients’ reviews online as unethical, invalid and illegal. This story includes comment from Jeffrey Segal, MD, founder of North Carolina-based Medical Justice Services, Inc. and a member of the NCMS.

Use of retail clinics skyrockets, 11-22-11, Modern Physician (Registration required)

Writer Joe Carlson reports on a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showing the use of retail medical clinics is rising swiftly.

AP IMPACT: More kids skip school shots in 8 states, 11-28-11, The News and Observer/Associated Press

AP Medical Writer Mike Stobbe examines a study that finds more parents are opting out of immunizations required for public school kindergartners.

Growing organs, one cell at a time, 11-28-11, The News and Observer

Correspondent Sam Boykin highlights the work of NCMS member Anthony Atala, MD, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.


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