AHA supports liability protections for emergency care providers; ICD-10 conversion efforts slow for physician practices;

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> Chicago's Roseland Community Hospital claims its financial emergency stemmed from serving a primarily poor population with scarce health coverage. However, Illinois Sen. Emil Jones III said that poor management decisions contributed to the problem, CBS Chicago reported. Article

> The American Hospital Association voiced support for the Health Care Safety Net Enhancement Act, a bill that would provide medical liability protections to hospitals and physicians providing emergency care, reported AHA News Now. Article

> OhioHealth and O'Bleness Health System begin the merger process, taking a deeper look at each other's finances, records and operations, OhioHealth announced Wednesday. Announcement

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> Poor communication and coordination is causing physician practices to fall behind in ICD-10 readiness, according to new research released today by the Medical Group Management Association. Article

> State level governance efforts for storing and exchanging citizen data--including health information--are "shaky at best." Article

And Finally... First dog blood bank in Utah seeks donors--greyhounds, boxers, Doberman pincers and nice pit bulls are welcomed. Article