3% tax withholding cleared for repeal; One-third of docs in primary care;

> The House approved a Senate-passed bill last week to repeal a 3 percent tax withholding rule, reports American Medical News. The IRS regulation that goes into effect in 2013 would reduce physician payments, unless the President signs it into law. Article

> Approximately one-third of physicians currently practice in primary care, but fewer than one-fourth of current medical school graduates are going into primary care, according to the latest numbers in an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report. In 2009, there were slightly more than 208,000 practicing primary care physicians in the United States. Report overview

> Consumers seeking health information from sources other than their physician is on the decline, dropping to 50 percent in 2010, down from 56 percent in 2007, according to a study released today by Center for Studying Health System Change. Researchers attribute the change partly to declining newspaper and magazine circulation and declining book sales. Press release

> As an alternative to primary care models, co-op medical care will be threatened under looming budget cuts during supercommittee deliberations, according to an op-ed published in the Baltimore Sun. Op-ed

> Physician peer review data could be exposed with an Illinois Appellate Court case decision, reports American Medical News. The state had sued Walgreens to retrieve incident reports of medication errors. Article

And Finally... Man learns how to read at 96. Article