In the News This Week…

Breaking News: Dr. Jack Kevorkian Dies at 83; Backed Assisted Suicide, 6-3-11, The New York Times

Writer Keith Schneider reports on the death of Jack Kevorkian, MD, a central figure in the national debate over assisted suicide.

House OKs bill to rein in lawsuits, 6-2-11, The News and Observer

Staff writer Craig Jarvis reports on HB 542 Tort Reform for Citizens and Business, which cleared the NC House on Wednesday and now goes to the Senate.

Workers’ comp laws to change, 6-2-11, The News and Observer

Writer Jim Morrill (Charlotte Observer) reports on workers compensation legislation being considered by the NC General Assembly.

As Physicians’ Jobs Change, So Do Their Politics, 5-30-11, The New York Times

Writer Gardiner Harris examines how physicians’ priorities are changing and more doctors abandon practice ownership and take salaried hospital jobs.

Medicare Plan for Payments Irks Hospitals, 5-30-11, The New York Times

Writer Robert Pear reports on how Medicare will begin tracking spending using a “Medicare spending per beneficiary” measure. This story was reprinted in The News and Observer on May 31, 2011.

MGMA: ACO costs outweigh benefits under proposed CMS rule, 6-1-11, Modern Physician

Writer Andis Robeznieks reports that the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has warned of “excessively high” costs under the CMS Proposed Rule for ACOs.

Healthier, now, 5-31-11, The News and Observer

Editorial supporting President Obama’s health care reform effort as some legislators continue to seek to repeal it.

Tar Heel of the Week: Tom Ricketts, 5-29-11, The News and Observer

Staff writer Eden Stiffman profiles Tom Ricketts, PhD, professor of health policy and management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, director of the NC Rural Health Research Program and editor-in-chief of the North Carolina Medical Journal.

Seniors Fare Better Where Doctors Are, 5-30-11, The New York Times

Writer Roni Caryn Rabin reports on a study published in this week’s The Journal of the American Medical Association (links to abstract) about the impact on seniors in areas with high concentrations of primary care physicians.

Tuning In to Patients’ Cries for Help, 5-30-11, The New York Times

Writer Tara Parker-Pope reports on how hospitals are addressing delays in responding to patient calls. This story was reprinted in The News and Observer on May 31, 2011.

Carolinas HealthCare System to manage Murphy hospital, 6-1-11, Charlotte Business Journal

Article outlines how Carolinas Healthcare System will provide management services to Murphy Medical Center starting July 1.

 
 

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