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Volume 5, Number 57
March 27, 2009


In the Spotlight

Help Wanted: Position Of U.S. Surgeon General
Now that Sanjay Gupta has turned it down, it's clear we need to redefine the job's importance.

David Gratzer, Forbes, 3-24-09

My "Sanjay Gupta moment" happened a few years ago when a CNN producer floated a limited appearance on his show. Things didn't work out, but my excitement was palpable. As someone who writes and lectures on health policy, most of my work falls under the radar. (A recent interview request included a magazine dedicated to the uniform business.) Dr. Gupta, a neurosurgeon, is a household name, with a popular TV show. He even made People's list of the "sexiest men alive."
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· Medical Device Recalls and the FDA Approval Process, Zuckerman, D. M., Brown, P., Nissen, S. E., Archives of Internal Medicine, 6-14-11
· Patent Reform Gets Key Support in House, Julian Pecquet, The Hill, 6-14-11
· $4.3 Billion Pledged at Vaccine Fund-Raiser, Donald G. McNeil Jr., New York Times, 6-13-2011
· Physicians Leaving Practices for health System Employment, Karen Cheung, FierceHealthcare, 6-13-11

More Headlines >>


· Marco Rubio takes on 'Medi-scare' Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post, 6-13-11
· 'Vouchercare' Is the Right Name for Medicare Laurence Kotlikoff, Bloomberg, 6-15-11
· Built To Fail: Health Insurance Exchanges Under The Affordable Care Act
· Can Exchanges Help Consumers Get Good Value Insurance? Depends On Where You Live Sabrina Corlette, Kaiser Health News, 6-15-11
· The ObamaCare Bad News Continues Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal, 6-16-11
· ObamaCare's Economic Flaws Doug Holtz-Eakin, Investor's Business Daily, 6-8-11

More Commentary >>


· Why States Are So Miffed about Medicaid Economics, Politics, and the "Woodwork Effect", Benjamin D. Sommers et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 6-15-11
· Auditing Access to Specialty Care for Children with Public Insurance, Joanna bisgaier et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 6-16-11
· Moving Beyond Fee-For-Service: The Case for Managed Care in Medicaid, Michael Ramlet and Carey Lafferty, American Action Forum, 6-14-11
· The New Gold Rush: Prospectors are Hoping to Mine Opportunities in the Healthcare Industry, Health Research Institute, PricewatershouseCoopers, 6-14-11
· Active Purchasing for Health Insurance Exchanges: An Analysis of Options, Sabrina Corlette and JoAnn Volk, RWJF, 6-14-11

More Research>>

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Help Wanted: Position Of U.S. Surgeon General

New Report
In the Wake of Wyeth v. Levine: Making the Case for FDA Preemption and Admini-
strative Compensation

By James R. Copland and Paul Howard March 2009

Experts Discuss PhRMA's New Marketing Code in our "Second Opinion" Expert Forum!

This Week's Expert Panel:   • Senator Herb Kohl
  • Sally Pipes
  • Stephen Curley and Chris Rael
  • Paul H. Rubin
  • Thomas P. Stossel, MD
Click here to read their second opinions.

Medical Progress Report 8. HSA Health-Insurance Plans After Four Years: What Have We Learned?

By Benjamin Zycher, February 2009
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