CBO projects dip in Medicare, Medicaid spending; Penn. inches toward Medicaid expansion;

News From Around The Web

> The Congressional Budget Office projects that Medicare and Medicaid costs will be $89 billion lower over the next 10 years. Report (.pdf)

> The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has apparently approved a waiver for Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania, allowing an expansion of eligibility under the Affordable Care Act to begin in January, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Article

> The number of overdose deaths in the New York City area is on the rise, and more victims are from affluent households, the New York Times reported. Article

Provider News

> County health officials in California opened a mental health urgent care center in the South Los Angeles area this week, aiming to treat people in immediate crisis while connecting them with ongoing care, Kaiser Health News reported in a blog post. Article

Healthcare IT News

> A clinical decision support system aimed at helping providers prescribe the drug least expensive to the patient failed to significantly reduce patients costs or improve medication adherence. Article

And Finally... Crowdfunding to remove 100-pound scrotum. Article