"Morning CheckUp: May 1, 2012"
Doctors say proposal on Medicare overpayments would impose burden: “A proposed rule aimed at reducing Medicare overpayments to doctors is onerous and needs another look, medical groups are telling federal regulators.” [The Hill]
GOPers split over how to reform health care: “Ask each of the 242 House Republicans what kind of health policy they’d like to enact instead of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law and you might get 242 different answers. Even after three years of railing against Obama’s plan, Republicans have coalesced around only a few basic tenets of health policy — let alone a full replacement plan.” [Politico]
Stand-off over exchanges in Minnesota: “With zeal, excitement and a meticulous attention to detail, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton is trying to expand health insurance coverage and remake Minnesota’s insurance market along the lines envisioned by President Obama….But one notable group has been missing from the process: Republicans, who control both houses of the State Legislature.” [NYT]
Feds OK Walker plans to cut Medicaid costs: “Federal officials have signed off on plans by Gov. Scott Walker’s administration to cut costs in state health programs that will lead to an estimated more than 17,000 people leaving or being turned away.” [Journal Sentinel]
Minnesota governor issues another abortion veto: “Gov. Mark Dayton has issued his second veto of an abortion bill in as many weeks. The governor issued an expected veto Monday of a bill that would have required physicians to be physically present every time an abortion pill like RU-486 is prescribed, and again every time such a pill is swallowed.” [Star Tribune]
Oklahoma governor signs ‘heartbeat’ bill into law: “Oklahoma will be another state to ask women to listen to the sound of an embryo or fetus’s heartbeat prior to terminating a pregnancy thanks to the “Heartbeat Informed Consent Act,” which was signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin. However, unlike other heartbeat bills, such as the one in Louisiana, women will not be required to listen to the sound, but be asked if they want to do so.” [RH Reality Check]
Focus on risk-based mammograms for women under 50: “Regular mammography screening may be appropriate for women in their 40s who have certain risk factors for breast cancer, according to companion articles published in the May 1 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.” [Modern Healthcare]