Insured blame ACA for rising premiums; TX women's health claims dip after state takes over program;

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> A new poll suggests that those Americans who already have healthcare insurance blame the Affordable Care Act for recent premium increases, azcentral.com reports. Article

> Claims for birth control requisitions and wellness exams dropped after Texas took over administration of that program for low-income women from Planned Parenthood, raising concern that the new program raises bars to access, according to the New York Times. Article

> A legal battle over whether Arizona should expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act heads to court, where Gov. Jan Brewer will claim that the plaintiffs--a group of lawmakers and the campaign finance group Americans for Prosperity--don't have proper legal standing, according to azcentral.comArticle

Provider News

> A new study reveals that most patients treated with antibiotics for Clostridium Difficile (C. diff) did not actually have the infection, according to research presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, MedPage Today reported. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Applying big-data analytics strategies to clinical operations and care delivery, the University of California Irvine Medical Center is focusing on reducing readmissions, speeding up research and tracking patient statistic in real time, according to an article in Healthcare Informatics. Article

And finally...The Affordable Care Act is worse than the Communism, terrorism, and Hitler? Article

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