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

News From Around The Web

> 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

Suggested Articles

Account reps from Epic have told customers that the medical records giant will not be pursuing further integrations with Google Cloud, CNBC reported.

Healthcare CEOs admit they thought they’d be farther along in the transition to value-based care than they are today, a new survey shows. 

An analysis found that spending on hospital shoppable services, the subject of a CMS transparency rule, are minimal.