ACP Internist's daily digest of news and events continues.
Health care reform
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is still hoping to pass a health care reform bill before Christmas, but negotiations and roadblocks continue as the weekend approaches. Republicans are attempting to stall a vote with procedural tactics, while abortion funding remains a sticking point for at least one key Democrat. And the White House is facing criticism from liberals, including former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, that the current revised bill doesn't go far enough. The Senate must wrap up debate by Saturday, sources say, if Reid is to meet his self-imposed Christmas deadline. (The Hill, Washington Post, New York Times)
The shortage of H1N1 vaccine in the U.S. has lessened, the Department of Health and Human Services announced yesterday. Officials are now urging vaccination for all groups, not just those at high risk. (Wall Street Journal)
In case you missed it...
The New York Times recently interviewed Robert Wachter, FACP, about the patient safety movement 10 years after the Institute of Medicine's report "To Err Is Human." Read the Q&A here.