Not-for-profit hospitals report flat or declining inpatient utilization rate for 2014; BJC still excluded from Anthem exchange network;

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> BJC Health HealthCare, St. Louis' largest employer and Missouri's largest hospital system, will again be excluded from Anthem Blue Cross' offerings on the Show Me State's insurance exchange, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Article

>  More than two-thirds of not-for-profit hospitals report their inpatient utilization was flat or declined in the first six months of 2014, while 72 percent experienced an increase in outpatient utilization, according to a new Kaufman Hall survey. Announcement

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> Improved access to healthcare under the Affordable Care Act won't necessarily narrow the care disadvantage gap for less educated patients, according to a new brief from the Virginia Commonwealth University's Center on Society and Health. Article

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> Starting next year, records from CVS pharmacies and the chain's Minute Clinics will integrate with electronic medical records from MedStar Health's 10 hospitals and 4,000 doctors in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Article

> Healthcare organizations facing new and greater threats to patients' electronic health information need to take more steps to keep that data secure, according to Darren Dworkin, senior vice president of enterprise information systems and CIO of Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles. Article

And finally...Drones deliver medicine in Germany. Article

 

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