Johns Hopkins takes outpatient primary care overseas; House Democrats want federal investigation of meningitis outbreak;

> Heart attack patients entering hospitals in states with mandatory public reporting are less likely to receive percutaneous coronary intervention than patients in states without public reporting, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health. The study found no difference in overall mortality between states with and without public reporting. Abstract

> Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Medicine International is building outpatient primary care clinics throughout India with India-based Bharat Family Clinic, noted PharmaBiz. Under the affiliation, the first clinic is scheduled to open next month. Article

> House Democrats are pushing for a federal investigation into the meningitis outbreak. They question whether pain clinics and doctors are using compounded drugs rather than FDA-approved versions for higher Medicare payments, according to a letter to the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Letter (.pdf)

> A board member of The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, who also chairs a construction company, stepped down from his hospital advisory board position due to conflict-of-interest concerns, The News-Press reported. The board votes today on who gets the roughly $190 million building contract. Article

And Finally… Time to bat your eyelashes. Article