CBO says tort reform could save $11B; NIH issues grant to Kaiser Permanente;

>  The Congressional Budget Office has come out with an estimate that standard package of tort reform proposals, implemented across the United States, could reduce U.S. spending on healthcare by about 0.5 percent, or about $11 billion in 2009. Article

> Health indicators vary widely from one state to the other, including both the cost and quality of healthcare, according to the Commonwealth Fund. Article

> CMS has issued a proposed rule which would strengthen the standards applied to Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans who wish to participate in the Medicare program. Article

> NIH has issued a $54 million grant allowing Kaiser Permanente to improve its biomedical research program. Article

And Finally... It was a violent crime, to be sure, but it could have been worse. Article

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