In the News This Week…

Sebelius: Focus is on reform implementation, 4-19-12, Modern Healthcare
Writer Jessica Zigmond reports that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is confident that the US Supreme Court will rule in favor of health care reform.

Report: Total Spending Due to ’06 Health Care Law Hit $1.95 Billion in Fiscal 2011, 4-13-12, State House News Services
Reporter Matt Murphy writes that a new report suggests that the health care reform law signed in 2006 by then-Gov. Mitt Romney has had “modest” impact on state spending while helping to achieve near-universal coverage rates.

WNC Community Healthcare Initiative releases statement about committee’s decision on COPA, 4-19-12, Mountain Xpress News
Writer Caitlin Byrd reports on the NC House Select Committee on CON announced that they are not recommending any changes to Mission Health’s Certificate of Public Advantage at this time.

Bills Seek to Change Rule on Generic Drug Labels, 4-18-12, The New York Times
Reporter Katie Thomas writes that the Senate and House introduced companion bills that would permit generic drug companies to update warning information about the drugs they manufacture, a change that could allow patients to sue the companies for failing to warn about the risks of taking their drugs.

Survey Takes the Pulse of 650,000 Physicians, 4-16-12, Physician’s Money Digest
Reporter Ed Rabinowitz writes about the purpose of The Physicians Foundation nationwide survey.

Interpreters in ER may limit medical errors: study, 4-17-12, Reuters
Reuters reports that having professional translators in emergency rooms for non-English-speaking patients may help limit potential miscommunications, according to a US study.

Agency says more NC residents added to uninsured, 4-19-12, CBS News
CBS News reports that a new data from a North Carolina agency shows an increase in the number of uninsured residents in a six-year span.

Rex Healthcare Launches Rex Strategic Innovations to Advance Health Innovation, 4-13-12, Market Watch
Rex Healthcare announces the creation of Rex Strategic Innovations, a unique effort to spur healthcare innovations, improve healthcare delivery and foster job creation.


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