Data breaches cost $7B annually; MedPAC wants 1% increase to hospital payments;

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> Five patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center were infected because of tears in surgical gloves of their surgeon who had a skin inflammation, the Associated Press reported. Article

> Following an hepatitis C outbreak, Exeter (N.H.) Hospital will maintain its Medicare status after passing a recent compliance survey, Seacoast Online reported. Article

Health IT News

> A whopping 94 percent of 80 participating healthcare organizations experienced at least one data breach that they were aware of in the past two years, with such breaches costing organizations a total of $6.78 billion annually. Article

> A new report looks at how electronic tools get patients and their families more involved in their care and makes a case for the positive impact on cost, quality and outcomes. Article

Health Insurance News

> Chiropractic care, acupuncture, weight-loss surgery and infertility treatments are among the preventive and alternative care that 23 states and the District of Columbia have so far chosen to include in their essential benefits package. Article

> The Institute of Medicine found that for every $1 invested in prevention, the industry could save $6 in projected healthcare costs. But a recent study has found that consumers don't know preventive care is covered. Commentary

Provider News

> The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has proposed increasing hospital payments a mere 1 percent during fiscal 2014, according to the December 2012 report. Article

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