Kansas hospitals dispute patient safety report; CDC director recommends antivirals against flu;

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> Kansas hospitals dispute a report that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is penalizing them for patient safety failures, according to KAKE. Article

> In the midst of a particularly harsh flu season, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged wider use of antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu, Reuters reports. Article

> Nominations for 2015's John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement are now open. Announcement

Health Payer News

> Blue Cross Blue Shield plans dominated the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges--so much so that they might as well be called 'Blue Exchanges,' according to Standard & Poor. But that success could come at a cost. Article

> Medicare will now issue a monthly fee to primary care doctors with the intention to provide better care to seniors who need it most. Article

And Finally… That'll show 'em. Article