Data-sharing saves money, lives; CMS postpones data deadline over weather;

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> Eighty-five percent of postsurgical heart attacks go undetected, even though a blood test could identify them, according to a study published in the March issue of Anesthesiology. Announcement

> Hospital data-sharing has helped hospitals save almost 150,000 lives and more than $11 billion in the past five years, according to a new report from Premier, Inc. Report

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has postponed the deadline for third quarter 2013 quality data reporting due to severe weather in eastern and southern United States, according to AHA News Now. Article

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> Many states are using the cost-cutting impetus of the Affordable Care Act to combine their Medicare and Medicaid programs, thus saving money on the care provided for enrollees, StateLine reports. Article

> Hospitals in Texas, hurting from the state's decision not to pursue additional Medicaid funds, are now exploring how to distribute current funds more equitably. Article

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