Hospital CEO gets pay cut, still earning over $1M; Consumers burned by "junk" health insurance concerned about its new lease on life;

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> The highest-paid public hospital executive in the state of Washington recently received a pay cut, but is still earning well over $1 million a year, according to Kaiser Health News. Article

> Some consumers who were left with hefty bills after purchasing "junk" health insurance are concerned that others will suffer the same fate due to the Obama administration's decision to extend the coverage life of such policies, McClatchy DC reports. Article

> California's midwives will enjoy an expanded scope of practice following the passage of a bill that addresses the services they may provide. California Health Report states the new law allows them to operate birthing centers and even prescribe some drugs. Article

Provider News

> Despite increasing healthcare costs, less than 15 percent of internal medicine residency programs feature curricula aimed at teaching residents to be more cost-conscious, according to a new research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Article

Healthcare IT News

> In an email sent to staff at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Thursday morning, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that Karen DeSalvo, who currently serves as the City of New Orleans Health Commissioner and Senior Health Policy Advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, will be the next National Coordinator for Health IT. Article

And finally...Armed robber's big mistake. Article