Former hospital head gets 10 years in prison for fraud; APRNs push for scope-of-practice expansion in Kansas;

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> A federal judge sentenced a former hospital administrator to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to defrauding hospitals in Wyoming and Indiana, the Associated Press reported. Article

> The Kansas Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Task Force endorses a proposed bill that would allow nurses with advanced skills to work more independently of physicians, a move that would help address the state's growing doctor shortage, according to the Hays Post. Article

> Doctors and insurers are working to overcome glitches in the Massachusetts Health Connector website, the state's version of a health insurance exchange that launched in October, The Republican reported. Article

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> With an eye on improving healthcare quality and efficiency, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the U.K.'s National Health Service will share health IT information and tools with one another after signing an agreement Thursday at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Article

> The House Veterans Affairs Committee is continuing to press the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over its struggles with securing the data of millions of veterans. Article

And Finally ... Full of hot air. Article