Morning CheckUp: September 12, 2011

HHS to announce new health IT regs: “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius plans to announce today rules making it easier for patients to see, use and add information to their personal electronic health records….The new regulations mean a doctor will be able to send prescriptions directly to a pharmacist instead of using a paper prescription. Specialists will be able to see what tests and prescriptions other doctors have ordered.” [USA Today]

Will Obama’s jobs bill undermine growth in health industry? “Health care providers are warning that President Barack Obama’s new jobs plan could actually siphon jobs from one of the few industries still hiring — because the only way to pay for it would be to make deeper cuts in the health care entitlement programs.” [Politico]

Virginia moving forward with exchanges: “Virginia’s Health Reform Initiative Advisory Council is busy prepping final recommendations on how to set up a state health benefits exchange as mandated by President Obama’s health care overhaul — even as the commonwealth remains locked in litigation over the constitutionality of the law.” [Washington Times]

New York is lagging behind: “Although Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed creating the insurance exchange, and the State Assembly, with a Democratic majority, approved it, the Republican-controlled Senate refused to take it up before the Legislature adjourned its regular session at the end of June. Now, Republican lawmakers are balking at returning to Albany to consider the matter, as deadlines pass, and Mr. Cuomo, despite an unexpectedly harmonious relationship with Senate Republicans, appears to be unwilling to force the issue at this time.” [NYT]

Federal role likely in exchanges: “Across the country, states are lagging in preparations to erect the health insurance market­places at the heart of the 2010 health-care overhaul, bogged down by a combination of partisan hostility and practical hurdles.” [Washington Post]

Bachmann attacks Perry over Social Security ‘Ponzi scheme’ comments: During an interview with Radio Iowa, Bachmann didn’t mention Perry by name, “but she left no doubt he was in her sights when she said it was “wrong to make senior citizens believe that they should be nervous about something they have come to count on.” [NYT]

Fetuses don’t feel pain at 20 weeks: A new study shows that “preemies begin to feel pain around a woman’s 35th week of pregnancy, about two to four weeks before delivery,” undermining conservative claims that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks. [ABC News]

Doctors using social media to connect with patients: “Two-thirds of physicians are using social media for professional purposes, and see potential in the use of these channels to facilitate patient-physician communication. The survey found a cadre of “Connected Clinicians” who use multiple media sites to positively impact patient care. Over 20% of clinicians use 2 or more sites.” [Health Populi]