EHRs improve ICU patient flow; Proposed bill would increase hospital nursing staff;

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> The D.C. council is proposing the Patient Protection Act (not to be confused with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that would increase nurse staffing levels and vary the nurse-to-patient ratio by unit, The Washington Post reported. Article

> The Obama administration's proposal Friday to allow religious organizations to opt out of directly providing contraceptives to employees could narrow the lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate but not end the litigation completely, according to Law360. Article

Health IT News

> In Mississippi, state legislators last week approved a bill that would allow insurance companies to reimburse physicians who consult with rural doctors using telemedicine. Article

> Electronic health records may be the "most promising" approach to deal with bed shortages in the intensive care unit, according to a recent commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine. Article

Provider News

> Primary care doctors want to deliver the results of imaging exams to their patients themselves, according to a study published in the February Journal of the American College of Radiology. Article

And Finally… A nice breath of fresh air--in a can. Article