Surgeon fights online defamation suit; Socioeconomics affect P4P;

> An Orlando plastic surgeon is fighting back against alleged defamatory comments a patient made about him online with a lawsuit that may further define the boundaries of free speech in the Internet age, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Article

> Retail clinics are not necessarily the enemy in today's healthcare system, according to a physician-authored commentary appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association and summarized by Drug Store News. Article

> Medical practices in higher socioeconomic areas tend to do better in pay-for-performance programs than those in lower ones, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and reported by American Medical News. Article

> Doctors in Massachusetts are sharply divided over the Commonwealth's migration toward global payment systems, heartlander reported. Article

And Finally… Can you spell, 'smartypants'? Article