California Medicaid patients with cancer at higher risk for death; 9 Mississippi hospitals at risk for closure;

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> A new study by University of California-Davis researchers has concluded that cancer patients enrolled in California's Medicaid program have worse survival rates than those enrolled in other health insurance plans. Study (.pdf)

> Nine rural hospitals in Mississippi are at risk for closure, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger has reported. Article

> Adults who are enrolled in Medicaid or lack insurance are twice as likely to smoke than the rest of the population, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Report

Provider News

> The healthcare industry must adopt a systemwide approach to tackling medical misdiagnosis, a growing concern due to recent research that estimates 12 million people in the United States will experience a diagnostic error each year, argues an opinion piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Security researchers accuse the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of being "a toothless dragon" in dealing with medical device vulnerabilities, according to a Bloomberg Business article. In the report, hacker Billy Rios recounts how the Mayo Clinic, in 2013, engaged him and other "white hat" hackers and set them off in teams in an effort to exploit about 40 different medical devices. Article

And finally... Eight-year-old girl failed to smoke pot. Article