Top stories in health and medicine, January 17, 2014

From MedPage Today:

  1. Will Docs Write Rx for Apps? Doctors can now write scripts for the first prescription-only app — but the question remains whether they’ll pick up a prescription pad to write for mobile technology.
  2. What an Emergency Department Report Card Tells Us. The press release promised that a new report would answer the question: “Are your state’s emergency rooms making the grade?”
  3. Allergy Care Turf Battle Hits the Courts. Who should treat allergies? The turf battle between primary care physicians and allergists has escalated into a lawsuit charging anti-competitive practices.
  4. Brain-Dead Mom Case Roils Texas Medical Association. The Texas Medical Association (TMA) may be caught between a rock — Gov. Rick Perry and his legislative posse — and a hard place: its members, regarding advanced directives for pregnant women in Texas.

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