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> The board of trustees of Memorial Healthcare voted unanimously to cancel its request for proposal agreements with three other Michigan health systems, Sparrow Health System, Covenant HealthCare and McLaren Health Care, the Michigan hospital announced Friday. Announcement

> Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released selected Medicare data on hospital outpatient charges that includes estimates for average charges for 30 types of hospital outpatient procedures, such as clinic visits, echocardiograms and endoscopies. Data

> For news organizations, getting the Affordable Care Act story "right" will be just as challenging as implementation itself, Drew Altman, Ph.D., CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation wrote in an op-ed for Politico. Op-ed

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> A new partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology aims to answer questions about the role of personal wearable devices. Article

> From improving medication adherence to monitoring the health of newborn babies, here are five ways the Internet is helping people manage their health for a variety of conditions. Article

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