Fla. bill would tighten nursing qualifications; Ky. hospital sued for unnecessary heart procedures;

News From Around the Web

> The Florida legislature proposes a bill that toughens the qualifications for nursing programs, the Miami Herald reports. Article

> Two lawsuits claim doctors at King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Ky., performed "unnecessary and harmful" heart procedures on more than 500 patients, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Article

> Support is on the rise for congressional candidates who voted for the Affordable Care Act, a Washington Post/ABC News poll finds. Article

Health Payer News

> When considering ways to innovate healthcare and incorporate technology into better patient care, look to other industries--and don't hesitate to hop on a plane. Article

> While the $75 million allocated for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in President Barack Obama's proposed FY 2015 budget for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, unveiled Tuesday, is $3 million less than what was proposed a year ago, it represents a $15 million increase over funding actually approved for the agency for FY 2014.  Article

And Finally… Smoking in the boy's room. Article

Suggested Articles

The profit margins and management of Community Health Group raise questions about oversight of managed care insurers.

Financial experts are warning practices about the pitfalls of promoting medical credit cards to their patients.

A proposed rule issued by HHS on Tuesday would expand short-term coverage, a move Seema Verma said will have "virtually no impact" on ACA premiums.