Alaskans sign up for Medicaid; Indiana hospital system CEO says Affordable Care Act has helped margins;

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> Some 2,000 Alaskans have signed up during the first month of Medicaid eligibility expansion, with many suffering from serious medical conditions, Alaska Public Radio reported. Article

> The new CEO of the Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Hammond hospital system in Indiana says the Affordable Care Act has led to net margins of nearly 7 percent, according to the Northwest Indiana Times. Article

Provider News

> More and more hospitals around the country are adopting palliative care programs for gravely ill patients, but a new report from the Journal of Palliative Medicine finds that these programs are not evenly distributed. Article

> Texas Children's Hospital has spent $17 million to build a wing to contain the spread of Ebola should there be any new cases in the United States, according to Kaiser Health News. Article

Healthcare IT News

> The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will develop a policy framework for identifying best practices, gaps and opportunities for the use of patient-generated health data in research and care delivery through 2024, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo announced last Thursday. Article

And Finally... Beard transplants are on the rise. Article