In the News This Week…

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Is malpractice reform good for patients?, 2-22-11, Charlotte Observer

Pro and Con commentary on Senate Bill 33 Medical Liability Reforms (click Against and For to read op-eds)

Against SB 33

Laurie Sanders, executive director of the Charlotte-based NC Coalition for Patient Safety and owner of Legacy Consulting writes in opposition to Senate Bill 33.

 For SB 33

Senator Bob Rucho (R, Mecklenburg), a primary sponsor, writes in support of SB 33.

Civitas Poll: Malpractice Reform Supported by Majority of NC Voters-Civitas Institute, 2-23-11,

Press release on poll conducted for Civitas Institute by National Research, Inc., Feb. 10, 12-13, 2011.

ObamaCare Is Already Damaging Health Care, 2-23-11, Wall Street Journal

Plastic surgeon Lloyd M. Krieger, MD, writes in this op-ed that the new federal health reform law is forcing “frantic consolidation” and reducing choice in health care.

State health contract wasting money?, 2-23-11, WTVD ABC 11

Reporter Jon Camp investigates the “secretive no-bid contract” associated with the State Health Plan.

IBM Expands Connected Health With New HIE Consulting Services, Interoperability Lab, 2-22-11, News Release, PR Newswire

Read a news release from IBM about UNC Health Care’s newly launched health information exchange (HIE) designed to improve the flow of health information among its affiliated hospitals and physician practices in North Carolina.

Blue Cross Blue Shield to invest $16 million in Piedmont Triad Research Park, 2-21-11m Winston-Salem Journal

Reporter Richard Craver provides details about a major investment by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina in a downtown Winston-Salem economic development project.

Cellphone study shows one-hour exposure changes brain activity, 2-22-11, Post Tech, The Communicators, C-SPAN

Tech policy writer Cecilia King reports on an NIH study that revealed prolonged exposure to a cell phone can change brain activity. Her report includes links to the study and to the Journal of the American Medical Association, which published the findings in this week’s issue.  Also linked is a report by Washington Post technology writer Rob Stein.


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