WA residents have trouble finding providers; AHA endorses anti-fraud legislation;

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> Residents of Washington who have gained insurance coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act are bumping up against an insufficient number of providers, the Seattle Times reported. Article

> The American Hospital Association  lent its support to draft federal legislation intended to curb fraudulent and excessive billing, AHA News Now reports. Article

Provider News

> The United States will need to produce 1.1 million new registered nurses by 2022 to fill jobs and replace retirees, according to an announcement from the American Nurses Association. Article

> Physician engagement is more important than ever as healthcare shifts in the direction of value-based purchasing models like accountable care organizations (ACOs), John Wallace, vice president and general manager of ACO services at McKesson, writes in Becker's Hospital Review. Article

Healthcare IT News

> As use of electronic health records by providers and health tracking devices by consumers becomes more ubiquitous, the health IT industry is gaining a reputation as an emerging sweet spot for technology investors, according to a Reuters report. Article

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