Arkansas may continue Medicaid expansion till 2016; Hospital penalties confuse public

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> Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, said he wants to explore keeping his state's Medicaid program in place through 2016--and then exploring other alternatives, the Arkansas News reported. Article

> The penalties the federal government imposes on hospitals for not meeting quality goals may create confusion with the public as to what quality measures they have achieved or have not, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

> The American Society of Oncologists is using big data in order to better improve outcomes in cancer patients, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Article

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> The early evidence on accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) indicates that while these ACOs have made some headway in savings and care quality, changes to the program could make them more successful, according to Health Affairs. Article

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> Even companies that are not HIPAA-covered entities need to know how to protect the employee health data they possess, according to attorney Susan A. Miller. Article

And finally... In Germany, a victory for Stehpinkler: Frauen everywhere despair. Article