MO expanding Medicaid program outside of ACA; KishHealth argues economic benefits it provides outweigh tax exemption;

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> Missouri is not likely to expand its Medicaid program under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act, but will take part in an expansion "lite" version by providing dental and other ancillary care, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

> KishHealth System in DeKalb, Ill claims that the more than $400 million it contributed to the local economy in 2012 far outweighs the $2.8 million in property taxes it did not pay due to its exemption as a not-for-profit, the Daily Chronicle reported. Article

> A senior Tenet Healthcare Co. executive told the Middletown Press that if it cannot come to terms with Connecticut regulators about changing the rules involving the conversion of hospitals to for-profit entities, it may back out of a deal to acquire four hospitals in the state. Article

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> The American Hospital Association asked the National Quality Forum to implement recommendations to provide risk-adjusted quality measures to account for sociodemographic factors such as Medicaid status, income, education and homelessness. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Federal agencies continue to struggle with information security and need to improve their response to data breaches, the Government Accountability Office says in a new report. Article

And finally...Medical pot vending machine makes it debut. Article