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Mid-Week Roundup of Health in the News

  • On June 25th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would issue a rule that would expand preventive services for Medicare beneficiaries, improve payments for primary care services, and promote access to health care services in rural areas. The proposed rule, effective January 1, 2011, is the first major step CMS has taken to implement the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
  • According to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll, support for the Affordable Care Action law is increasing among Americans. 48 percent of those polled in June 2010 had favorable views about the health reform law, up seven percentage points from last month.
  • Even as the movement to reform healthcare gained momentum this week, we were reminded that there are many other areas of the health industry that still need attention and improvement. The Associated Press published an article today claiming that 9 out of 10 doctors overtest and overtreat patients to avoid malpractice lawsuits. The article, based on a survey published in the most recent issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, underscores the danger of a system where doctors’ fears of being sued determine their medical decisions. 

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