Breaking Healthcare News November 2, 2012

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Today’s Healthcare Headlines:

  • Feds declare health emergency in N.J.
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius declared a public health emergency in New Jersey on Thursday night, three days after superstorm Sandy made landfall along the nation’s East Coast.
  • Blog: A checkup on doctors seeking elected office
    If you can still find a telephone booth in Washington, it could probably serve as an adequate meeting room for the Democratic Congressional Physician Caucus, but that could change after the Nov. 6 election.
  • AMA leader lauds CMS eRx program changes
    An American Medical Association leader had a few good things to say about a final rule the CMS issued Thursday on the Medicare fee schedule.
  • Medical groups push back on GAO self-referrals report
    The American Medical Group Association is urging federal policymakers not to “rush to judgment” after reading the findings of a Government Accountability Office report that suggested physicians who own expensive diagnostic imaging equipment are more…
  • Court grants Michigan firm relief from ACA contraceptive mandate
    A federal judge in Michigan has granted a preliminary injunction blocking the government from forcing a family-owned outdoor power equipment company to include contraception coverage in its employee health benefits.
  • DaVita completes HealthCare Partners deal
    Dialysis company DaVita has closed on a deal to purchase medical-group and physician-network company HealthCare Partners for cash and stock worth $4.7 billion, and renamed the company DaVita HealthCare Partners.
  • N.H. hospital in hepatitis C case must give records
    A New Hampshire judge says a hospital tied to a hepatitis C outbreak must grant public health officials broad access to patient records.

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