Crouse will replace "shoebox-sized" ER with one twice as big; Mass. hospitals don't blame ACA for increased emergency room visits;

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> Hospital leaders in Massachusetts don't blame the Affordable Care Act for an uptick in emergency room visits. They say the increase is due to growth in the health system itself, with new hospitals opening and an influx of patients, and because a shortage in primary care physicians means patients seek care in the ER, according to the Boston Business Journal. Article

> Although the majority of 215 clinicians surveyed showed unconscious race and social class biases in a study published in JAMA Surgery, they didn't allow these biases to influence their clinical decision-making. Study Abstract

> Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, New York, plans to replace its "shoebox-sized" emergency room in late 2017 with a new $35 million facility that includes 46 treatment rooms, reported. Article

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> Premera Blue Cross admitted yesterday that hackers gained access to the personal information of about 11 million customers. Article

> The Bipartisan Policy Center this week kicked off its five-point "FDA: Advancing Medical Innovation" initiative, with the first session addressing how to accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of medical products. Article

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