ALSO NOTED: Device makers protest Medicare cuts; King-Harbor patients may be dispersed; and much more...

> Medical imaging manufacturers are lobbying Congress to overturn Medicare cutbacks which reduce how much doctors are paid for running varied diagnostic tests. Article

> As they think through the possible closure of King-Harbor hospital, Los Angeles County officials are looking at whether nearby hospitals can absorb the added patient load. Article

> Hawaii is about to pass a law which will give rural hospitals more autonomy. Article

> A Buffalo, NY physician--who also serves as associate dean at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences--will become president of the AMA this month. Article

> CMS is launching a personal health record testing program in conjunction with several health plans. FierceHealthIT

> NYC-areas hospitals are conducting a large-scale smart card pilot. FierceHealthIT

And Finally...  Prison inmates need medical care, too, but providing it can be dangerous. Article