Kaiser Permanente alerts patients to privacy breach; Substance abuse disorders up among residents;

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> Kaiser Permanente informed 49,000 patients of a privacy breach resulting from a missing flash drive at its Anaheim Medical Center, the Los Angeles Times reports. Article

> Substance use disorders are on the rise among medical residents, according to Medscape. Article

> Standard & Poor's Rating Service may reform the process by which it assigns credit ratings to stand-alone nonprofit hospitals, a move that could change the standing of several hospitals, Becker's Hospital Review reports. Article

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> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services approved Iowa's partially privatized plan to expand Medicaid, which is more stringent than other states, but it rejected part of the plan that would have required poor Medicaid members to pay premiums. Article

> Though Affordable Care Act implementation is driving HIV-positive patients to shop for coverage in the marketplace, some may be disheartened by what they find: Thirty-one HIV/AIDS patient advocacy groups collectively asked the government to investigate whether insurers are discriminating against HIV patients by not covering available HIV drugs or applying "egregious" cost sharing to them in exchange plans, The Wall Street Journal reported. Article

And finally… No monkeying around. Article

 

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