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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Utah Healthcare Headlines
U professor takes on hospital in Utah Medicaid breach (Salt Lake Tribune, June 18, 2012)
When University of Utah health law professor Leslie Francis learned her name and Social
Security number had been exposed in the state‟s Medicaid breach, she decided to do what
any scholar might do — investigate.
Utah ranks 33rd for ovarian cancer treatment, study says (Salt Lake Tribune, June 19,
2012) Utah ranks 33rd in the nation for treating and caring for women with ovarian cancer,
according to a recent report from the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.
Steven Anderson, new CEO appointed for 2 Utah hospitals (Deseret News, June 19, 2012)
Pioneer Valley Hospital and Jordan Valley Hospital announced Tuesday that Steven
Anderson will serve as the new chief executive officer of both facilities.
National Healthcare Headlines
The Supreme Court just can‟t win on health care (Washington Post, June 18, 2012) A new
poll from the Pew Research Center shows more Americans will be unhappy than happy
regardless of what the court rules — whether it upholds the law, strikes it down entirely, or
strikes down the individual insurance mandate and leaves the rest alone.
The folly of Obamacare (Opinion, Washington Post, June 18, 2012) We pay our
presidents for judgment, and President Obama committed a colossal error of
judgment in making health-care “reform” a centerpiece of his first term. Ahead of the
Supreme Court‟s decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — and regardless of how
the court decides — it‟s clear that Obama overreached.
White House, lawmakers prepare for Supreme Court ruling on Obama‟s health-care
law (Washington Post, June 14, 2012) In this city of rumors and leaks, it has been an
excruciating lead-up to the Supreme Court ruling on President Obama‟s health-care
law. The decision is just days away, but virtually no one knows precisely when it will
come or what it will say.
Supreme Court jousts over Obama health care law (USA Today, June 18, 2012) A
Supreme Court justice is warning observers to expect deep divisions on forthcoming
rulings, including the big one: President Obama's health care law.
Administration mulls pared health care law (Salt Lake Tribune, June 19, 2012)
Covering all the bases ahead of a momentous Supreme Court ruling, the Obama
administration plans to move ahead with major parts of the president‟s health care
law if its most controversial provision does not survive, according to veteran
Democrats closely involved with the legislation.
Senators request live TV for health care ruling (Salt Lake Tribune, June 19, 2012)
Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee are asking the Supreme Court to allow
live television coverage when it delivers its ruling on President Barack Obama's
health care overhaul.
McConnell: Time to 'start over' on health care (Salt Lake Tribune, June 19, 2012) The
top-ranking Republican in the Senate calls the Obama health care law the first step
in "Europeanizing America" and says Congress should "start over" if the system is
ruled invalid by the Supreme Court.
With Justices Set to Rule on Health Law, 2 Parties Strategize (New York Times, June
14, 2012) House Republicans are not waiting for the Supreme Court verdict on the
new health care law to plot their strategic response. If the measure is not thrown out
entirely, House leaders plan to force a vote immediately to repeal the law to reinforce
their deep opposition to the legislation, opposition that has become central to their
Legal challenge tests already-accepted changes in health care (Washington Post,
June 17, 2O12) Often overlooked in the Supreme Court challenge to the health-care
law are changes that hospitals, doctors and insurers had been moving toward even
before the law was passed in 2010.
Why I No Longer Support the Health Insurance Mandate (Opinion, Wall Street
Journal, June 17, 2012) Soon the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the
Affordable Care Act. I am not a lawyer, or an expert on the Constitution. But as the chairman and
CEO of a major health plan, I had a ringside seat to the entire health-care reform process.
No Clear Script If Health Law Falls (Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2012) Nothing has
ever been simple in the great health-care debate, and there's no reason to think the
coming Supreme Court decision on the topic, or the political repercussions from it,
will be simple either.
The long-term electoral effects of health care reform (Washington Post, June 18,
2012) Among other things, the fight over health care reform is also a fight over two
very different views of for partisan alignment works.
Millions still go without insurance if law passes (Salt Lake Tribune, AP, June 19,
2012) One of the biggest misconceptions about President Obama‟s health care
overhaul isn‟t who the law will cover, but rather who it won‟t.
For Some Druggists, Medicaid Changes Mean Pain (New York Times, June 19, 2012) Not
long after the state rolled pharmacies into Medicaid managed care in March — an effort to
save tens of millions of dollars a year — Ronald Barrett noticed something unusual at his
store, Oak Cliff Pharmacy in southern Dallas.
Lobbying Effort Is Said to Sink New Controls on Painkillers (New York Times, June 19, 2012) Efforts
to impose stricter controls on prescription drugs that are subject to rampant abuse have apparently
failed after a groundswell of lobbying by pharmacists and drugstores, members of Congress said on
Supreme Court says drug company representatives are „salesmen‟ (Washington Post, June 18,
2012) The Supreme Court ruled Monday that drug company representatives paid to persuade
doctors to prescribe their products should be considered “salesmen,” a distinction that could save
the pharmaceuticals industry billions of dollars in overtime pay.
No Overtime for Drug Reps (Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2012) Drug companies don't have to pay
their sales representatives for working overtime hours, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, a
significant win for an industry that spends billions of dollars sending its army of representatives to
track doctors day and night.
Health insurance options for college students (Washington Post, June 19, 2012) College students
and their families will have better options for health insurance in the upcoming school year, but there
will be higher costs, too.
Medical Paperwork Syndrome (Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2012) After his father died last year and
his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Jay Brown and his three siblings began handling
their mother's medical paperwork.
Heart Trouble Early and Often in H.I.V. Patients (New York Times, June 19, 2012) Mike Godfrey was
19 when he found out he had H.I.V.
Statin Drugs Cause Fatigue in Some People (New York Times, June 19, 2012) Many observational
reports have suggested that statin drugs cause fatigue in some people, and now a randomized trial
has found further evidence for the effect.
With Alzheimer‟s, hospital stays can be a hazard (Salt Lake Tribune, June 19, 2012) For people with
Alzheimer‟s disease, a hospital stay may prove catastrophic.
Roche Boosts Investment in Alzheimer's Drugs (Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2012) Swiss drug giant
Roche Holding boosted its investment in drugs for Alzheimer's disease, buying the rights to a new
type of experimental drug from Switzerland's closely held AC Immune SA.