Americans oppose healthcare spending cuts; CMS to release Sunshine Act final rule soon;

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> Six in 10 Americans oppose cutting Medicare and Medicaid to lower the deficit, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Announcement

> Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will acquire Jordan Health Systems in Plymouth, both organizations announced last week. Under the affiliation, Jordon will maintain local management and board governance. Statement

> The Physician Payment Sunshine Act final rule is set to be released soon, Brian Cook, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, told Bloomberg. The act aimed at transparency is 15 months past the deadline. Article

Health Insurance News

>To financially prepare for heightened flu activity, Aetna is using data from Google Flu Trends, which often provides information faster than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Article

> New draft legislation aims to safeguard the privacy of mobile device users by requiring mobile app developers--including those for mHealth apps--to disclose how they collect personal data. Article

And Finally… One last BLT. Article