UT Medicaid expansion hits snag; Florida health insurance exchange spends $2.4M to sign up 51 enrollees

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> A plan to expand Medicaid eligibility in Utah has hit a snag, as it lacks support in the Republican-controlled legislature, the Associated Press reported. Article

> A voluntary health insurance exchange in Florida in which the state government had invested $2.4 million has signed up a total of 51 enrollees, the Miami Herald reported. Article

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> The antibiotic-resistant superbug Clostridium difficile was responsible for nearly half a million infections and about 29,000 deaths in 2011, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, which researchers conducted in 10 different geographic areas in the United States, found that nearly 66 percent of C diff. infections were healthcare-associated. Article

> A new study in the Journal of American Medicine has found that fancy touches at hospitals rarely move the needle in patient satisfaction surveys.  Article

Healthcare IT News

> Physician practices remain optimistic about their ability to meet the ICD-10 deadline and are slightly more prepared to meet that goal than last year, according to a new survey from cloud-based healthcare billing and payment solutions vendor Navicure. Article

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