In the News This Week…

 Legislation to avoid mandatory cuts awaits budget panel, 5-1-12, Modern Healthcare
Writer Jessica Zigmond reports that the House Budget Committee will consider legislation that includes healthcare spending reductions and the repeal of some provisions of the reform law as part of a package to avoid across-the-board cuts to federal programs set to begin next year.

Finance Committee to seek provider input on fraud prevention, 5-1-12, Modern Healthcare
Writer Joe Carlson reports that the Senate Finance Committee planned to issue an open letter to US healthcare providers earlier this week to broadly solicit advice on the best ways to prevent waste, fraud and abuse in federal healthcare program.

Health centers for poor, uninsured see ranks swell, 5-1-12, Reuters
Reporter David Morgan writes that community health centers that cater to the poor and uninsured saw their patients’ ranks swell by nearly 18 percent from 2008 to 2011 as job losses left more Americans without health insurance.

Cognitive Medical Systems to implement wireless decision support platform for Perinatal Quality Collaborate of North Carolina, 5-1-12, Healthcare IT News
Cognitive Medical Systems reported that they will implement a wireless clinical decision support platform for the Perinatal Quality Collaborate of North Carolina (PQCNC), which will help improve the care of mothers and infants admitted to labor and delivery.

Study questions quality of medical evidence found in clinical trials, 5-3-12, CBS News
Reporter Ryan Jaslow writes about the findings of a new study that claims most major medical studies that guide doctors and lead to new treatment advice are not as sound as patients might expect.

NC’s Blue Cross fights lawsuit over pricing power, 5-2-12, Bloomberg Businessweek
Writer Emery P. Dalesio reports that Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and the national Blue Cross licensing organization asked a federal court to reject a lawsuit claiming the company’s network of insurance plans across the country are limiting competition.

Poll: More in NC oppose health care law than support it, 5-2-12, Times-News
Reporter Mike Wilder reports findings from an Elon University poll that showed North Carolina residents are more likely to oppose than support national health care reform.

Stop suing patients, NAACP tells Carolinas HealthCare System, 5-1-12, The News and Observer
Reporter Ames Alexander writes that the NAACP and other groups representing low-income and working families called on Carolinas HealthCare System to stop suing patients who can’t afford to pay their hospital bills.

Houston hospitals, doctors infected by social media, 5-4-12, The Houston Business Journal
Reporter Molly Ryan writes that many Houston physicians and hospitals are considered to be “from the frontline of social media and medicine.”

Brandon collects large donations from out of state, 5-2-12, News and Record
Blogger Doug Clark writes about donations given to House District 60 candidate Democrat Marcus Brandon by many out-of-state contributors as well as in-state contributors, which included the NCMS.

 
 

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