State publishes online database of pharma, medical device shills; NPs offer shorter wait-times for back pain patients;

> Massachusetts became the first state to publish an online database that details first time payments made by drug companies and medical device manufacturers to healthcare providers, including physicians and hospitals. Allergan shelled out $250,000 for psychologist Carole Upshur, the best-paid practitioner, the Boston Herald reports. Article

> The CEO of University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina, Inc., in North Carolina raked in $9 million in the year ending Sept. 30, 2009, the Beaufort Observer reports. A member of the Board of Directors earned $59,000 for two hours of work per week. Article

> A man shot himself with a handgun outside the entrance to the ER at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Winston-Salem Journal reports. Article

> When nurse-practitioners conducted exams for patients with back pain, patients at Toronto Western Hospital in Ontario, Canada experienced shorter wait times (up to 21 weeks vs. 52 weeks for an exam by an orthopedic surgeon), the OrthoSupersite reports. Article

> Moody's Investors Service predicts a rocky financial future for New Jersey's not-for-profit hospitals, FierceHealthFinance reports. Article

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