HHS says hospital initiative saved 15,000 lives and billions of dollars; Hospitals purchasing medical practices drive up prices;

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> Several states that did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, such as Texas and Florida, expand managed care, according to Healthcare Finance News. Article

> The rates of c-sections performed at hospitals within a single geographical area vary widely, raising concerns that some physicians perform them unnecessarily, according to the New York Daily News. Article

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> Hospitals will save approximately $660 million a year thanks to a new government rule that removes unnecessary, obsolete or burdensome regulations, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Article

> Efforts to reduce adverse drug events, falls, infections and other complications prevented nearly 15,000 hospital deaths and saved more than $4 billion in costs in 2011 and 2012, according to data from the Department of Health & Human Services. Article

Healthcare IT News

> While the Cincinnati Beacon Community project has shown results in improved care, it didn't achieve all of its aims, according to an article published this month in Health Affairs. And the process wasn't always smooth. Article

And finally...Oregon governor performs CPR, saves woman's life. Article