ALSO NOTED: Physician shortage in Silicon Valley; Catholic Healthcare East takes over NJ health system; and much more...

> In part due to the high cost of living there, Silicon Valley is facing a particularly critical physician shortage. Article

> Catholic Healthcare East has finalized plans to take over Newark, N.J.-based Cathedral Healthcare System. Article

> Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has decided to waive co-pays on all generic medications used to treat several common chronic conditions. Article

> A federal judge has signed off on a class-action suit alleging that the VA violated federal laws and veteran civil rights by delaying and denying benefits.  Article

And Finally... Frustrated by ongoing gaps in care, a New Orleans nurse has turned her own home into a free clinic. Article