Minority doctors play large role in care of undeserved patients; CMS head retires after aiding in HealthCare.gov;

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> Minority doctors play a huge role in caring for underserved populations, with more than 50 percent of minority patients reporting their doctors are not white, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article

> Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Chief Operating Officer Michelle Snyder, who supervised the construction of the flawed HealthCare.gov website, is retiring, according to Reuters. Article

> To better understand the challenges their overweight patients face, staff at a British hospital dressed in a "fat suit," according to a statement by the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London. Article

Health Payer News

> HealthCare.gov managed heavy traffic Tuesday as Americans in 36 states rushed to meet the new enrollment deadline for health plans effective Jan.1. There were 2 million website visits, the call center fielded more than 250,000 inquiries and the queuing system handled approximately 129,000 emails, government spokeswoman Julie Bataille told Forbes. Article

Health Finance News

> In spite of efforts to extend their longevity and youth, Baby Boomers are aging and nearing retirement, which will create millions of jobs in the healthcare industry, USA Today reports. Article

And finally… A different kind of firework. Article