ALSO NOTED: Calif. hospitals can delay costly earthquake upgrades; IT can give nurses more patient care time; and much more...

> California has approved a new, less-stringent method of assessing hospital earthquake risk which spares many hospitals from making expensive retrofits. Article

> New research suggests that nurses can boost their time with patients if hospitals use health IT wisely. FierceHealthIT

> A Cincinnati health organization has bought the area's largest independent doctors group. Article

> While there's no harm in setting up regional groups to share health data electronically, it's unlikely they'll ever be merged into a single national network without government help, according to a new report. FierceHealthIT

And Finally...  Hey, could you text me some cheese sticks with that? Article