Obama touts economic benefits of ACA; Hospitals grouse about FTC forum;

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> President Barack Obama touted the economic benefits of the Affordable Care Act as part of the wrestling match with Republicans over the 2016 budget, the Los Angeles Times reported. Article

> Hospitals expressed "profound disappointment" in a recent Federal Trade Commission workshop about mergers in the healthcare sector, AHA News Now reported. Article

Provider News

> One of the nation's largest hospital-based systems has made strides in physician engagement by building an infrastructure for its ambulatory services, according to Hospitals & Health Networks. Article

Health Insurance News

> The gap between Americans who oppose and favor the Affordable Care Act has narrowed to the closest margin in over two years, according to the latest Kaiser Health Tracking poll. Forty-three percent of respondents view the ACA unfavorably, while 41 percent view it favorably. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Premera Blue Cross admitted yesterday that hackers gained access to the personal information of millions of customers. Although the insurer didn't indicate how many members were affected by the breach, the Wall Street Journal reported it involved approximately 11 million customers. Article.

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