Morning CheckUp: October 26, 2011

White House endorses GOP health bill: “In a Statement of Administration Policy, the White House said it supports passage of the measure that would change the definition of modified adjusted gross income in the Affordable Care Act to include both taxable and nontaxable Social Security benefits.” [Modern Healthcare]

Medical school enrollment is on the rise: “The number of students enrolling in medical schools has reached its highest level in more than a decade. More than 19,200 people entered their first year of medical school this year, a 3 percent increase over 2010, according to new data from the nonprofit Assn. of American Medical Colleges.” [LA Times]

Missouri and Kansas launch medical homes: The test model, part of the Affordable Care Act, “means providers — ranging from primary-care doctors to counselors — will be able to share the same data on each patient and provide better coordinated care.” [Kaiser Health News]

Judge blocks North Carolina ultrasound requirement: “A federal judge has blocked a portion of North Carolina’s new abortion restrictions that would make new requirements of medical providers who perform ultrasounds on pregnant women.” [The Republic]

Republicans say HHS should be more aggressive: “Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee charged that HHS isn’t using a new tool to prevent Medicare fraud. The healthcare reform law allows the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to issue a temporary moratorium on new suppliers when there’s a high risk of waste, fraud or abuse. But HHS hasn’t used that power, Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said.” [The Hill]

Cost of long term care increases: “U.S. long-term health-care costs rose as much as 5.6 percent this year, led by assisted-living expenses, and are climbing at a steeper rate during a weak economy, MetLife Inc. said.” [Bloomberg]