NH expands Medicaid; FDA imports Norwegian saline;

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> New Hampshire became the 26th state to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, creating a pilot program to use federal money to buy private insurance for those low-income residents who are eligible, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. Article

> In order to address a nationwide saline shortage, the Food and Drug Administration will temporarily allow imports from a Norwegian manufacturer. Announcement

Provider News

> As hospitals continue their search to hire physicians--and more doctors seek employment--it's vital that hospitals integrate and engage doctors in their organizations. Failure to fully integrate physicians can ruin the relationship and any potential benefits, Peter Angood, M.D., CEO of the American College of Physician Executives, told FierceHealthcare in an exclusive interview prior to his presentation this week at the 2014 American College of Healthcare Executives Congress in Chicago. Article

> The Obama administration says at least 6 million Americans have enrolled in insurance plans as part of the Affordable Care Act. While the number is below original estimates, traffic continues to be strong in the final days of open enrollment. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Hospital CIOs are not happy that lawmakers may push out ICD-10 implementation another year, should the Senate approve the latest proposed legislation to delay physician Medicare reimbursement cuts under the sustainable growth rate formula; the House approved the bill in a last-minute voice vote early Thursday. Article

And Finally... Teen goes on $31,000 spending spree thanks to bank error. Article

 

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