Half of chronically ill patients don't comply with meds; How HHS used millions in health reform funds;

> Heavy nursing workloads adversely affect black patients more than white patients, concluded new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. In fact, older black patients are three times more likely than older white patients to suffer poorer outcomes after surgery when treated by nurses with high workloads. Statement

> A Geriatric Nursing study shows that nearly half of patients taking medications for chronic conditions don't strictly follow their prescribed medication regimens. Medication nonadherence stems, in part, from patient worries about the long-term effects and dependency, according to a University of Missouri gerontological nursing expert. Announcement

> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services used millions in health reform funds to support 43 activities, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Most of the $500 million available for fiscal year 2010 went to Health Resources and Services Administration activities, while most of the $750 million for FY 2011 went to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activities. Report

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Friday issued a technical correction to the final rule for long-term care hospitals, amending methodology for determining percentage of discharges that will not count toward the 25 percent payment adjustment threshold policy. Announcement (.pdf)

And Finally… The case of the giant eyeball. Article