Contract expiration leaves NC patients in limbo; GAO report finds psych drug overuse in Alzheimer's patients;

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> Patients may view doctors who bring bad news as less compassionate regardless of their approach, according to a new study published in JAMA Oncology. Study abstract

> Thousands of Charlotte, North Carolina, patients face uncertainty on care and billing after the contract between Carolinas Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare expired this weekend, the Charlotte Observer reports. Article

> A report from the Government Accountability Office found widespread overuse of psychiatric drugs by Alzheimer's patients and recommends Medicare officials take immediate action. Report

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> Third parties receive personal health information from more than 90 percent of visits to health-related websites, according to research set to be published in the March 2015 issue of Communication of the ACM. Article

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> America's Health Insurance Plans filed an amicus brief in support of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's anti-trust case against the pharmaceutical firm Actavis. Article

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