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Bad Day for Big Pharma: Obamacare Medical Transparency Laws Take Effect

Bad Day for Big Pharma: Obamacare Medical Transparency Laws Take Effect
ACA transparency laws start taking effect as government releases limited disclosure of Big Pharma payments to doctors. But what do the payments signify? What errors can be expected? More importantly, what's missing?
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Scared for All the Wrong Reasons: Opponents Lobbying Hard Against CA Prescription Database Proposition

Scared for All the Wrong Reasons: Opponents Lobbying Hard Against CA Prescription Database Proposition
Opponents of California's Proposition 46, a law requiring doctors to enter prescriptions into a centralized database, have come up with a doozy of a smear ad.
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Doctor Who? Physicians Who Refuse Big Pharma Money Get Error Message.

Doctor Who? Physicians Who Refuse Big Pharma Money Get Error Message.
The federal government has a word for physicians who don’t have financial relationships with pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers: “Error.” This week, the government began allowing doctors to log into a secure website to check the payments attributed to them by drug and device makers. This information will be made public later this year under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. In advance, if doctors believe the material about them is wrong, they can contest it. But early reports suggest the new site has some glitches.
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Charles Ornstein
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Ex-Special Agent Testifies That Anti-Abortion Groups Often Carry Al Qaeda-Like Manuals

Ex-Special Agent Testifies That Anti-Abortion Groups Often Carry Al Qaeda-Like Manuals
As the federal court hearing on Alabama's TRAP bill continues, there was some really chilling testimony last week from an former undercover agent who has worked on domestic terrorism cases. It's worth recapping here as part of our coverage because this weekend marks the 5th anniversary of Dr. George Tiller's murder in Wichita, KS — as he was attending church.
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The Insane Anti-Women Tactics of the Militant Pro-Life Action League

The Insane Anti-Women Tactics of the Militant Pro-Life Action League
The Pro-Life Action League has been threatening pro-women, pro-choice activists with horrifyingly intimidating tactics. But just how crazy is the PLAL?
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Amid Rampant Fraud, Medicare Moves to Tighten Oversight of Prescribers

Amid Rampant Fraud, Medicare Moves to Tighten Oversight of Prescribers
Ten years after Medicare’s vaunted prescription drug program was signed into law, the Obama administration and Congress are re-evaluating whether it does enough to stop inappropriate prescribing and fraud by physicians. Until now, the program’s top priority has been getting drugs into the hands of its elderly and disabled enrollees, earning it high praise from consumers and politicians. Medicare is now putting in place changes that would give greater priority to targeting fraud and curbing waste.
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Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber
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Paging Doctor Gambino: Medicaid's Secret Cartel

Paging Doctor Gambino: Medicaid's Secret Cartel
The Washington Monthly's, Haley Sweetland Edwards, explained the secretive group of doctors that controls Medicare costs, how the process is connected with price setting, the power of the medical device industry, how the American Medical Association benefits from the pricing structure and how to reform the system.
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Malpractice Insurers Gouging Doctors, Undermining Intent of Damage Cap Law

Malpractice Insurers Gouging Doctors, Undermining Intent of Damage Cap Law
MICRA does nothing to decrease costs, but makes a mint for malpractice insurers
by Brian Leubitz
Over the weekend, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones exposed some of the mistruths that the insurance lobby has been using to fight to save their cash cow, MICRA.
Here's the thing that nobody really talks about, and that is that those caps have not prevented excessive medical malpractice insurance rates. I know this because one of the first things I did as insurance commissioner was look at the medical malpractice insurance rates, and I discovered that the me
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New Online Database of Doctors Highlights Potentially Harmful Prescribing Habits

New Online Database of Doctors Highlights Potentially Harmful Prescribing Habits
For most of us, evaluating a doctor’s prescribing habits is just about impossible. Even doctors themselves have little way of knowing whether their drug choices fall in line with those of their peers. However, a new online database culled from doctors who prescribe to Medicare patients is starting to shape the information and accountability of both physicians and Big Pharma.
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Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein
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Doctors and Drug Companies Need to 'Break Up,' According to New Study

Doctors and Drug Companies Need to 'Break Up,' According to New Study
In a report that sounds like the sequel to Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway's "Love and Other Drugs," researchers from Oregon State University, Oregon Health and Science University, and the University of Washington concluded that ending the relationships between physicians and pharmaceutical companies could improve health care and cut costs.
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