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> The growth of freestanding emergency rooms, which often charge more than $1,000 per encounter, is fueling concerns that healthcare premiums could rise. Article

> The low level of consumer understanding about the exact changes being wrought by the Affordable Care Act could mean an environment ripe for healthcare-related scams. Article

> Despite no plans to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, Texas still expects its enrollment to rise by more than 200,000 next year due to the expansion of ancillary programs. Article

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> Outsourcing has reached a new level in Western Pennsylvania as nonprofit hospitals contract with for-profit companies to provide medical services in an effort to manage lower reimbursements and falling patient volumes. Article

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> Hospitals that used telemedicine technology and referred patients to children's facilities saw their revenue increase significantly, according to research published this month in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health. Article 

And finally...Kardashian curiosity killed their jobs. Article

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