Feds push to ensure exchange rates remain stable; Budget woes in Illinois could force closure of Chicago hospital;

News From Around The Web

> The U.S. Health and Human Services Administration is pushing to keep health insurance exchange rates reasonable in the coming years, Kaiser Health News has reported. Article

> Illinois' budget stalemate may force the New Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago to close, according to WBEZ Radio. Article

> Hospitals in Missouri and Kansas have been hit hard financially by those states' refusal to expand Medicaid eligibility, KCUR Radio reported. Article

Provider News

> Whether or not they realize it, heterosexual healthcare providers are biased against LGBT patients, a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health found, but how those biases affect care is unclear. Researchers administered the Implicit Association Test to nearly 19,000 doctors, nurses and other providers, and 214,000 nonproviders in the U.S. and around the world between 2006 and 2012. They found that heterosexual providers always implicitly favored heterosexual patients over lesbians and gays. Straight nurses held the strongest implicit preference for straight men over gay men, according to the study abstract. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Health IT offers substantial potential for U.S. companies to increase exports, according to a new report released this month by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The report examines the market for exports in 20 countries, and notes the potential for less-developed countries to teach developed nations a thing or two about using technology to gain efficiency and develop innovative diagnostic and treatment delivery options--and vice versa. Article

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