Daily Rounds: 2011 Health Trends; Menino Calls For Cost-Cutting; Hep C Drugs; Do Orthotics Work?;

p> Medical News: Change Is Coming for the Healthcare Industry - in Public Health & Policy, Practice Management from MedPage Today "A potential decline in physician office visits, record spending on health information technology, a total redesign of insurance markets, and the creation of accountable care organizations are among the health industry trends in store for 2011, according to a PriceWaterhouseCoopers report." (

Menino backs bills for Hub - "Mayor Thomas M. Menino will kick off the 2011 legislative session on Beacon Hill today by calling for new laws to reduce health-care costs, jump start economic development and boost some taxes in the city of Boston. The mayor’s top priority is to control health-care costs for municipal employees by establishing a local version of the state’s Group Insurance Commission. The legislation would allow municipalities the same authority the state has to control health-care costs by updating plan designs and premium contributions. If enacted, Menino said it would save the city about $17 million annually." (Boston Herald)

New hope for hepatitis C, an often hidden disease - "There's new hope for an overlooked epidemic: Two powerful drugs are nearing the market that promise to help cure many more people of liver-attacking hepatitis C — even though most who have the simmering infection don't know it yet." (Boston Globe)

Orthotic Shoe Inserts May Work, but It’s Not Clear Why - "Shoe inserts or orthotics may be helpful as a short-term solution, preventing injuries in some athletes. But it is not clear how to make inserts that work. The idea that they are supposed to correct mechanical-alignment problems does not hold up. (

Husband willing to meet Giffords suspect's parents - Yahoo! News "Giffords had given her husband, an astronaut who has kept a near-constant vigil by her bedside at a Tucson hospital, a neck rub and even smiled, he told ABC.""She's in the ICU. You know, gone through this traumatic injury. And she spent 10 minutes giving me a neck massage," Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an interview to air Tuesday. "It's so typical of her, that no matter how bad the situation might be for her, you know, she's looking out for other people." (Yahoo News: Business)


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