CDC says Indiana should be "model response" for future HIV outbreaks; Iowa Senator says VA treatment of whistleblowers "beyond unacceptable";

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> The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Oregon Medical Board are investigating a Santa Barbara doctor after at least five patients tested positive for hepatitis C after receiving injections at his office, according to the Los Angeles Times. Article

> The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hope to use lessons learned from the HIV outbreak in southern Indiana, where there have been 143 HIV-positive cases since December, as a "model response" for future outbreaks linked to intravenous drug use, the New York Times reported. Article

> Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent a letter to Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald and the VA Office of Inspector General demanding answers for what he calls the "beyond unacceptable" treatment of whistleblowers, according to the Washington Post. Article

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> Technology makes patient access to medical records easier than ever, but the cost of such data prevents many from doing so, according to Niam Yaraghi and Joshua Bleiberg, fellows at the Brookings Institution. Article

> Technology is expanding healthcare in states such as Arizona at a time when a shortage of physicians threatens the reach of care. Article

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