ACA provides new fraud-fighting tools; Half of docs burnt-out;

> Growing Massachusetts hospital chain Steward Health Care System continues its buying spree, signing a letter of intent to purchase Mercy Health System of Maine from a Catholic hospital group, The Boston Globe reported. Article

> Health reform provides new tools to fight Medicare fraud, according to NPR's health blog Shots. For instance, the Patient Projection and Affordable Care Act instructed the federal government to start using advanced anti-fraud computer systems to identify suspicious claims. Blog post

> A survey in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that almost half of U.S. physicians suffer from burnout, Reuters reported. Moreover, burnout was most common among front-line doctors like those working in the emergency room. Article

> Researchers found that increasing maternal age was associated with children having fewer hospital admissions, according to a study published by the BMJ Group, Rochdale Online reported. A nine-month-old child with a 20-year-old mother had a 16 percent risk of hospitalization, which dropped to 10.7 percent for a 40-year-old mother. Article

And Finally… BBQ utensils to the rescue. Article

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