News bites: Unsafe medical devices, confusing insurance, and more


A scandal in France over faulty breast implants could derail medical device makers' calls for faster FDA approval in this country, Bloomberg reports.

Consumers in Massachusetts are confused by new "tiered" health insurance products, Kaiser Health News reports

A small group of states is running way ahead of the rest in setting up health insurance exchanges, Stateline.org reports.

His opponents ripped into Mitt Romney at a Personhood USA forum Wednesday after the front-runner declined to attend the anti-abortion-rights event, Politico reports.

Home medical equipment suppliers are trying to get an alternative to the Medicare competitive bidding program included in pending doc-fix legislation, Inside Health Policy reports (subscription required).

Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente is converting its intravenous equipment to more eco-friendly alternatives, The Washington Post reports.


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