Healthcare News February 25, 2012

  • Schumer says Republicans ‘overplayed their hand’ in birth control fight

    Republicans are ginning up a debate on social issues to distract from the improving economy, the New York senator charged.

  • News bites: HIT regs, missed healthcare reform deadlines, and more

    Hospitals would have to show they’ve amassed the vital statistics of more than 80 percent of their patients in digital form to continue collecting federal health information technology (HIT) incentive dollars under new regulations issued Thursday, Bloomberg reports.

    Kansas and Missouri are almost certain to miss an end-of-the-year deadline for establishing health insurance exchanges, the Kansas City Star reports.

    First lady Michelle Obama told supporters in Ohio that the president’s health law is at risk if he’s not reelected, The Associated Press reports.

    “Fertility finance” lenders are thriving, The Wall Street Journal reports

    West Virginia regulators issued 253 citations for safety lapses as part of the state’s investigative report into a 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners, the Journal reports.

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