Daily roundup: Kagan health law ties probed

No comprehensive overnights this week, but here's a short roundup of health news that didn't make the blog.

Kagan ties to health law probed: The House Judiciary Committee is probing Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's involvement in the healthcare reform law when she was President Obama's solicitor general. Federal law prohibits justices from judging cases if they served as counsel or adviser on the case or expressed an opinion about its merits while in previous government service.

Runaway wheelchairs: Sixty-one percent of power wheelchairs provided to Medicare beneficiaries in the first half of 2007 were medically unnecessary or didn't have enough documentation to justify their need, says a new government audit. Power wheelchairs cost Medicare $95 million during that period.

Disease mongering: Abbott is under fire for hyping the health impacts of insomnia in order to sell sleeping pills in India.

Pacemaker coverage: Medicare is expanding MRI coverage to beneficiaries with implanted pacemakers.