Kentucky Hospital Association advocates for critical access facilities; Ohio could use savings from Medicaid expansion for other economic activities;

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> A new report by the Kentucky Hospital Association discusses in-depth the role the state's critical access hospitals play in preserving care and keeping costs in check. Report (.pdf)

> Ohio could use the savings it expects to reap from expanding the Medicaid program to hire more teachers and create other activity to stimulate the economy, according to a new study by the regional think tank Policy Matters Ohio, reports. Article

> Wisconsin could save up to $23 million if it postponed Gov.Scott Walker's plan to revamp BadgerCare and delayed placement of 83,000 low-income residents on the state's health insurance exchange, according to a new analysis by the state's nonpartisan budget office, the Journal Sentinel reports. Article

Provider News

> Healthcare leaders must adapt to regulatory, technology, medical and market changes that are forcing the re-invention of healthcare. A report from Mannett Health Solutions identifies 10 "megatrends" and the smaller movementsand sub-trends supporting these super-sized developments. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Simultaneously changing both the infrastructure of a health system to support expansive health IT efforts and the methods by which IT tools are deployed is a process that will take time and mature unevenly in different settings, according to new research published online in the American Journal of Managed Care. Article

And finally...Prisoner escapes--to visit dentist. Article