Leapfrog releases list of 2015 top hospitals; Chicago forms task force to respond to hospital's plans to cut acute care services;

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> The Leapfrog Group has released its annual list of top performing hospitals for 2015. Announcement

> Despite rising healthcare costs, the head of Massachusetts' largest and most expensive network of doctors and hospitals, said this week that healthcare in the state is "very affordable," The Boston Globe reports. Article

> Chicago has created a health services task force in response to proposed changes to Franciscan St. James Health Chicago Heights that would eliminate acute care services at the hospital, according to the Chicago Tribune. Article

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> A recently conducted cyberattack readiness exercise revealed that health plans still have work to do in order to properly prepare for the threats they now face, industry and government leaders said during a teleconference Thursday. Article

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> Hospitals can benefit financially from receiving tele-emergency services, primarily when such services are used as a substitute for backup calls for physician assistants or nurse practitioners to the emergency department, according to a study published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health. Article

And Finally… Yours for the baking. Article