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> The demands of the Affordable Care Act have led about 30 hospitals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York's Hudson River Valley to join forces in what may be the nation's largest health system alliance, The Star-Ledger reported. Member hospitals will combine their expertise and spending power to attract more patients and research opportunities. Article

> Three men, two of which worked as pharmacy techs at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, allegedly stole $1.3 million worth of prescription medications from the two military hospitals, according to The DC Spotlight. Article

> Globally, more than 42 million episodes of poor care occur in hospitals every year, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal. Moreover, about 23 million disability-adjusted life years were lost due to these adverse events. Abstract

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> A new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) compiles advice on engaging patients, connecting data and how to enhance quality measurement through health information technology. Article

> Telemdecine will soon allow expert neonatologists to examine Texas newborns in far-flung intensive care units. Article

And finally…Maybe this will turn this feline's frown upside down. Article