Kansas hospitals see drop in Medicare readmission rates; Docs file suit against NC over Medicaid billing system;

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>  Kansas hospitals report a drop in 30-day readmission rates for older Medicare patients, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. Rates fell from 17.3 percent in 2009 to 15.8 percent in the first quarter of 2013. Article

> Physician office and hospital outpatient clinic visits for angina have declined from the mid-1990s to 2006, according to a study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Study

> Doctors filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina, a software vendor and consultants, claiming that errors and complications within the troubled Medicaid claims system caused financial losses and harm to patients, Newsobserver.com reported. Article

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> Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) continued his quest for answers on the security of HealthCare.gov before its launch this fall at a Committee on Oversight & Government Reform meeting, where he facilitated the questioning of three high level staff members of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Article

> The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange this week urged the federal government to conduct additional Medicare testing prior to the implementation of ICD-10 in a letter to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Article

And finally... Why so serious? Article