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AP poll finds Americans evenly divided on impact, benefits of health-reform law

BY Jim Frederick

WASHINGTON Seven months after President Obama signed the massive health-reform bill into law, Americans remain deeply divided over the controversial overhaul and its potential benefits, a new poll from the Associated Press and the GfK Group revealed.

 

In a mid-October survey of 1,501 adults, AP-Gfk found the nation evenly split over whether the law should be overturned or made even stronger. But also significant is the fact that only 15% of Americans would leave the health-reform law — thus far the key legislative accomplishment of the Obama administration — as it currently stands.

 

 

Among the 846 poll respondents who said they likely would vote in the November congressional elections, 37% said the law should be completely repealed, according to AP. Not surprisingly, opposition among Tea Party supporters was strongest, with more than 70% of respondents who describe themselves as Tea Party enthusiasts saying they would scrap health reform.

 

 

Despite the opposition, 36% of those polled had a very different view, telling surveyors “they want to revise the law so it does more to change the healthcare system,” the news service reported Friday. That means “Tea Party enthusiasm for repeal has failed to catch on with other groups,” according to AP, “which may be a problem for Republicans vowing to strike down Obama’s signature accomplishment if they gain control of Congress in the Nov. 2 elections.”

 

 

Among the top concerns about the new law expressed by survey respondents: a requirement that most Americans carry some type of public or private health insurance, beginning in 2014. Some told researchers the law does little to address rising health spending.

 

Older Americans also expressed concern over the plan to help fund the health overhaul in part by cutting spending for Medicare. Some poll respondents also asserted the need for a public-health plan option to compete with private insurers and to help hold down costs, a plan that was eliminated from the original bill before its passage in Congress.

 

Support for health reform is strongest among women and younger voters, according to AP.

 

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Transcript Pharmacy receives ACHC accreditation

BY Allison Cerra

JACKSON, Miss. A pharmacy that specializes in serving patients with chronic medical conditions has received accreditation status from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care for specialty pharmacy services.

Transcript Pharmacy said Wednesday it was awarded ACHC accreditation, a voluntary activity where healthcare organizations submit to peer review of their internal policies, processes and patient care delivery against national standards. Transcript recently was involved in a year-long study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University, which showed that through personalized communication with each patient, Transcript improved compliance.

“This recognition demonstrates that the level of care and quality of services we offer bring significant benefits to the patients that we serve,” said company president Cliff Osbon.

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K-V establishes generic drug subsidiary Nesher Pharmaceuticals

BY Alaric DeArment

ST. LOUIS K-V Pharmaceutical has created a new marketing subsidiary for generic drugs, the company said Wednesday.

 

K-V announced the establishment of Nesher Pharmaceuticals, appointing as its president Mark Hartman, who has had several positions in generic drug companies.

 

 

“Mark brings recognized depth and breadth of generic industry experience and leadership to K-V,” K-V interim president and CEO Greg Divis said. “We are excited to have Mark join our organization and look forward to him leading the introduction of Nesher Pharmaceuticals Inc., K-V’s new generic subsidiary.”

 

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