AMA reaffirms support for individual mandate (Morning Read)

Current health news from today, including: the AMA supports the individual mandate, FDA approval of a generic antiobiotic, and why doctors shouldn’t fear the cloud.

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AMA supports individual mandate: By a two-thirds majority, delegates at the American Medical Association‘s annual meeting voted in support of the individual mandate. That’s the controversial portion of last year’s federal health overhaul that requires individuals to buy health insurance. The individual mandate is facing a legal challenge by 26 states that contend the government cannot compel citizens to engage in commerce.

Seriously? You know the U.S. health system is horribly dysfunctional when a guy robs a bank for $1 so he can go to jail and get access to healthcare. USA! USA!

FDA approval: The FDA has approved several generic versions of Johnson & Johnson’s Levaquin, an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, kidneys, bladder, and prostate caused by specific germs.

Don’t fear the cloud: When it comes to HIPAA violations related to health records, an analysis of federal data shows that none that affected more than 500 people resulted from security issues associated with cloud-based computing.

After .com and .net: Companies will be able to ditch .com, .org, and .net, and buy their own top-level domain name. So what’s next for the healthcare industry — .med, .health?

Hospitals’ mistake? Physician uberblogger KevinMD says hospitals that ban incoming residents from using social media are “long-term losers,” though he doesn’t name any such hospitals, so it’s unclear how big of a problem it is — if at all. Give us some names, Kevin.