More hospitals creating formal links with major pharmacy chains; Hospital officials sit down with patients to discuss finances;

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> More and more hospitals establish formal links with retail pharmacy chains, such as Walgreen's and CVS, in response to the new financial realities of the Affordable Care Act, according to ForbesArticle

> More hospitals, such as those in Indiana, sit down with patients and discuss the potential costs they may incur for care--whether or not they have insurance, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported. Article

> A patient with hepatitis C whose Medicare insurer rejected his request for costly drugs to treat his condition will get the medicine now that his plight received media attention, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

Provider News

> Several free clinics in different parts of the country are closing their doors as a result of the Affordable Care Act--and their doctors couldn't be happier about it, Talking Points Memo reported. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Despite all the good a data sharing program developed and implemented by the federal government to identify vulnerable patients during emergencies and disasters can provide, the privacy and security of information used looms as a major concern, the New York Times reported. Article

And finally...  Uninsured Georgia woman with an abdominal tumor the size of a beach ball is turned away by several hospitals. Article