Providers can rate Medicare contractor performance; Cloud storage debacle marks hospital's third privacy incident in a year;

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>  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will launch a new provider satisfaction measurement tool that will allow Medicare fee-for-service providers to rate the performance of their claims administration contractor, according to AHA News Now. News Brief

> Going beyond what nonprofit hospitals do in Florida, now for-profit Bayfront Medical Center promised to provide just as much care to the poor while still paying $1 million in property taxes, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Article

> After Community Health Systems yesterday reached a deal to buy Health Management Associates for $3.9 billion, it quickly faced opposition from HMA investor Glenview Capital Management over the price, Reuters reported. Article

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> A "commanding tool" for controlling healthcare costs and improving quality--the Medicare claims database--should be open and freely accessible to the public, two senators recently wrote in an opinion piece published by Politico. Article

> Information for more than 3,000 patients at Oregon Health & Science University was put at risk when medical residents stored the data on a password protected cloud computing system, the institution announced this week. The potential data breach is the third such reported incident to occur at the university in less than a year. Article

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