Emergency admissions for asthma drop with smoking ban; Robo-surgery mistakes land physician in hot water;

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> Arkansas lawmakers yesterday rejected a controversial plan to use federal dollars provided under the reform law to pay private insurance companies to insure the expanded Medicaid population, according to The Hill's Healthwatch. Article

> Emergency admissions for asthma among adults dropped by almost 5 percent in each of the first three years after a ban on smoking in public places took effect in England, according to a study published online in the journal Thorax. Abstract

> The House Appropriations Committee on Monday approved a bill that would create a Hospital Stabilization fund predicted to bring in an additional $170 million in Medicaid money for Louisiana hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured, The Times-Picayune reported. Article

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> A surgeon at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver faces 14 counts of unprofessional conduct associated with use of the hospital's robotic surgery arm. Article

> Electronic health records offer the opportunity to better integrate clinical practice guidelines at the point of care, but the technology and physician practice must evolve, according to a paper published at BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. Article

And Finally… Fainting may be genetic. Article