Kaiser competes with HCA in Washington, D.C.; Docs don't trust pharma-funded research;

> A USA Today/Gallup poll shows Obama leads in swing states in which the President is more trusted than Romney on Medicare issues, USA Today reported. The swing states surveyed included Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Article

> Kaiser Permanente is making a presence in the Washington, D.C., area, competing with Hospital Corporation of America, Bloomberg reported. Kaiser hopes its outpatient clinics attract emergency-room patients. Article

> In New York, Medicaid has given $15 billion in overpayments to state-run facilities for people with developmental disabilities over the past 20 years, according to a report from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Report (.pdf)

> As the industry clamps down on conflicts of interest between providers and drug companies, a new analysis shows that physicians don't trust pharma-funded studies, MedPage Today reported. Article

> Charlotte, N.C.-based MedCath filed to dissolve, the Charlotte Observer reported. The hospital operator already sold its eight majority-owned hospitals, two minority stakes in hospitals and other cardiac care practices, and now will pay out its shareholders. Article

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