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The so-called Open Payments program is intended to shine a light on potential ethical conflicts and allow patients to look up their doctors online. The first batch of data, however, will be incomplete, covering only a few months at the end of 2013. Journalism website ProPublica says it has tracked 3.4 million payments to health professionals since 2009, totaling more than $4 billion.
The strategy being employed by Democrats -- to nationalize the election by highlighting popular programs such as Medicare and Social Security as well as issues that resonate with younger voters -- is a regular approach during midterm elections. Meanwhile, in Virginia, Senate candidate Ed Gillespie promises to disclose specifics of his plans to replace the health law.
A selection of health policy stories from California, Massachusetts, New York, the District of Columbia, Minnesota and Kansas.
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The database, which was created by the health law, offers only the most basic information, according to USA Today.
The administration has notified more than 300,000 people that they need to provide documentation to keep their health insurance subsidies. Also in news on the health law, supporters are weighing a new focus on the individual mandate, and the administration promises changes to the ACO rules.
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Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including preview stories regarding the launch of the Open Payments database -- a federal government website which will provide information on drug company payments to tens of thousands of physicians.
A quarter of the nation's hospitals are exempt from penalties, quality bonuses and other payment reforms.
Kaiser Health News consumer columnist gives readers some basic information to help them weigh their Medicare options.
Enrolling new customers will be more complicated this time around because potential enrollees may be harder to reach, reports The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, Fox News looks at the potential risks of automatic re-enrollment for consumers. The law's impact on hospitals, insurance companies and uninsured people is also in the news.