HHS calls for regulations on essential provider Rural Health Clinics; GOP accuses VA of influencing report;

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> The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General released a report that called for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to issue regulations for determining essential provider Rural Health Clinics. Report

> More than 250 doctors, nurses and staff at Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares lost a collective 882 pounds during a three-month weight loss challenge at the hospital, the Daily Commercial reported. Article

> Congressional Republicans think the Department of Veterans Affairs may have influenced the inspector general into watering down the report that found no conclusive link to delays in care to the death of more than 40 veterans, according to Politico. Article

Practice Management News

> Involvement in a malpractice lawsuit forever changed the way Ruth Kannai, M.D., evaluated her patients' health risks. But practicing defensive medicine doesn't benefit doctors or patients, she wrote in an article published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Article

> Physicians can use medical risk calculators to fairly accurately weigh the risks and benefits of many treatments and procedures, Michael Kattan, chairman of the department of quantitative health sciences at Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute, told to the Wall Street Journal. Article

And Finally... Leap of faith. Article