Health care headlines have been dominated with the 11th Circuit’s ruling that declared the “individual mandate” section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, creating a circuit split with the 6th Circuit and ensuring a final decision from the Supreme Court. In other headlines, the Food and Drug Administration is being sued by four cigarette manufacturers over the newly required graphic labels implemented by the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
- Discussing the advantages of electronic health records.
- A recent OIG report show that Medicare pays more for drugs than Medicaid.
- The FTC says a proposed New York law would lead to higher drug prices for consumers and less competition.
- Despite the contiuning effort to increase food safety, 60,000 pounds of ground beef were recalled, days after 38,000 pounds of bacon products were recalled and weeks after 36 million pounds of turkey were recalled in the United states.
- HHS continues to work towards helping states create affordable health insurance exchanges.