President Barack Obama will use a recess appointment to make Dr. Donald Berwick the CMS administrator, avoiding the traditional confirmation hearing that some experts say could turn into a protracted struggle. Berwick has won backing from leading medical societies, but Republican lawmakers have criticized his support of Britain's government-run health care system and certain health care spending cuts.
Dutch researchers monitored more than 1,000 coronary heart disease patients and found that those who also were diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder were at a 74% greater risk for heart attack, stroke and death. The increased risk may be attributed to the surges in the catecholamine hormones associated with heart risks or to a possible common underlying factor that raises both anxiety and heart risks, the researchers said.
Covidien is anticipating shortage in technetium-99m supply for the month owing to the shutdown of a Belgian reactor and the French Osiris reactor for maintenance work. The Dutch reactor will be offline for part of the month, with the French reactor down all of July for maintenance, though both are expected to restart operation next month.
The health insurance mandate is protected by the Commerce Clause that gives the U.S. government authority over commerce between states, Justice Department attorney Ian Gershengorn argued on Thursday at the first hearing of a lawsuit filed by Virginia against the health reform legislation. Moreover, allowing state laws to pre-empt federal laws would mean giving states the power to refuse participation in other government programs such as the military draft or U.S. Census, Gershengorn said.
The health industry recently has begun to deal with the millions of tons of medical waste it produces each year, mainly as a way to help reduce costs. Practice Greenhealth is vetting sustainable practices for reducing waste from one of the biggest suppliers, the operating room, and hospitals are looking at donating unused supplies for green projects and recycling.