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Daily Rounds: Don't Blame Health Reform; Harvard's Primary Care Boost; Food Labeling Highlighted; Health Care Abuse Tops List; Meningitis Booster For Teens

Health Law Hardly At Fault For Rising Premiums : NPR "Celinda Lake runs the Democratic polling firm Lake Research. She said her firm's premiums are going up 20 percent.
"My broker told me that it's because of health insurance reform," she says. But is it really? Absolutely not, says Jay Angoff, who heads the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "It would be inaccurate and silly to blame it on the new law," he says." (npr.org)

Harvard looks to lift primary care - The Boston Globe "Harvard Medical School has received a $30 million anonymous gift to create a major center to transform primary care medicine, a specialty that provides routine front-line care to millions of people but that many doctors consider unglamorous and underpaid." (Boston Globe)

Food Companies Plan Front Label With Nutritional Data - NYTimes.com "Responding to pressure from federal regulators, a major food manufacturers organization said Wednesday that it would develop a labeling system for the front of food packages that would highlight the nutritional content of foods, including things like calories, unhealthy fats and sodium that many consumers want to limit. The group, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, said the labeling system would be introduced early next year." (The New York Times)

Top 10 Federal Fraud Settlements Had Health Twist : Shots - Health News Blog : NPR "The government recovered $2.7 billion in the top 10 cases during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, according to TAF. Even we, who also pay more than a little attention to these cases, were a little surprised that all the biggest settlements last year involved health care. Drugmaker Allergan led the settlement ranks last year, paying $600 million to settle claims it went too far in selling Botox." (npr.org)

CDC panel: Teens need another meningitis shot - Boston.com "Teens should get a booster dose of the vaccine for bacterial meningitis because a single shot doesn't work as long as expected, a federal advisory panel said Wednesday." (Boston Globe)

This program aired on October 28, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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