Reform law results in $5.1B in prescription drug savings; Drop in patient volume prompts hospital layoffs;

> The Affordable Care Act produced $5.1 billion in savings on prescription drugs, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. More than 5.8 million people have benefited from Medicare. Announcement

> Landmark Medical Center in Rhode Island laid off 22 more workers last week, thanks to declining patient volume, the Providence Journal reported. Article

> A series of studies from Utah's Intermountain Healthcare Cancer helped reduce variations among surgeons and found that evidence-based tools improved patient care across the system's 22 hospitals for breast preservation and lymph node removal. Statement

> The board of California's El Camino Hospital plans to file a lawsuit this month in opposition of Measure M, which will cap hospital executive pay at twice that of the governor's salary, the Los Altos Town Crier reported. Article

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