CDC says healthcare bill paying improves; Wisconsin hospital relief bill; IL bails out Chicago hospital

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> The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that healthcare bill paying has improved marginally among Americans under the age of 65 between the period of June 2011 and June 2012. Article

> The Wisconsin Legislature is floating a proposal that would provide up to $73 million to the state's hospitals if they can prove they're disproportionately impacted by uninsured patients. The relief package is part of a larger bill to create an alternative in the state to Medicaid expansion. Article

> The state of Illinois is providing Roseland Hospital in Chicago with $350,000 in relief funds in order to keep its doors open. The money will provide the facility with breathing room while it develops a long-term sustainability plan. Article

Provider News

> California issued penalties against 10 hospitals with fines totaling $625,000 for not complying with requirements that prevent patient safety risks, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported Thursday. California Pacific Medical Center made the list twice for retained foreign objects, with St. Luke's Campus Hospital and Pacific Campus Hospital facing a $50,000 and $100,000 fine, respectively. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Big data is an enigma when it comes to healthcare, as described by a panel on Wednesday at the third annual Health Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C., hosted by Patient Privacy Rights. On one hand, according to Deloitte principal Deborah Golden, there are infinite positive possibilities for big data use, such as improving patient safety via openly available medication information. Article

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