Bill would keep ACA performance measures out of malpractice cases; Patient photos in X-rays reduce 'wrong patient' mistakes;

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> Five hospital system CEOs worry that Highmark's acquisition of West Penn Allegheny Health System will siphon off patients, the Pittsburgh Business Times reported. Article

> The fertilizer plan explosion in West, Texas, has led to 51 hospital admissions, 200 emergency department visits and five intensive-care unit visits, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Report (.pdf)

> Glens Falls (N.Y.) Hospital is facing a class-action lawsuit after accidentally releasing the names and medical records of 2,360 patients, reported the Albany Times Union. Article

> A Georgia bill passed earlier this month and awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal's signature would prohibit patients from using poor scores on Affordable Care Act-related performance measures as sufficient grounds to sue for malpractice, Medscape Today reported. Article

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> Embedding patients' photo in their X-ray studies can result in a five-fold reduction in "wrong-patient" mistakes, according to a study presented last week at the American Roentgen Ray Society meeting in Washington, D.C. Article

> As an increasing number of patients and providers flock to health social networking sites to share information and connect with similar individuals, a comprehensive privacy framework is vital, according to research published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Article

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