New study says California will be on hook for billions in hepatitis C drug costs;

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> A new study by the California Association of Health Plans concludes that the Golden State will be on the hook for billions of dollars to cover the cost of new drugs to treat victims of hepatitis C, Kaiser Health News has reported. Article

> Ascension Health has come to terms to sell two hospitals in Washington State and Idaho to for-profit Capella Healthcare, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. Article

> Several hospital and health plan executives sit on the board of directors for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, placing them in potential conflict over the organization's global campaign against anti-smoking initiatives, the New York Times reported. Article

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> As the healthcare industry transitions from a volume-based to a value-based model, more healthcare organizations are adding the position of chief quality officer to their payrolls, according to Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality. Article

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>  Many physician practices are ill-prepared for ICD-10, and health systems must ensure the right tools are in the hands of those who need them most, according to Bill Reid, senior vice president of product management and partners at SCI Solutions. "Hospitals risk unsuccessful transitions if physician offices in their communities aren't ready," Reid writes for Recent studies show that many still are not, despite the Oct. 1 implementation deadline looming. Article

And finally...Odors from pathology fridge at University of Kentucky send workers to hospital. Article