Colorado hospitals see increase in patient visits since state legalizes marijuana; VA gets new inspector general;

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> A new report from the Colorado Department of Public Health.finds an increase in the number of people who visit hospitals and emergency rooms after the state legalized marijuana. Report (.pdf)

> It's more difficult for pregnant women in Pennsylvania to find care as the state has lost 28 obstetric units over a 10-year period, according to the New Pittsburgh Courier. Article

> Senators confirmed Michael Missal as the new inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Military Times reports. Article

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> Healthcare organizations must take a data-driven approach when it comes to security efforts, David Severski, manager of the information security program at Seattle Children's Hospital, tells Healthcare IT News. Article

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> Affordable Care Act exchange plans have made it easier for patients to access drugs that are used to treat complex diseases such as HIV, cancer and multiple sclerosis, according to a new analysis from Avalere. Additionally, health plans were less likely to place all drugs in a class on the highest cost-sharing tier. Article

And Finally... Meet 'em halfway. Article