Senate Republicans willing to shutdown govt. to block healthcare reform; Docs say health IT ease of use not improving;

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> Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), along with 13 or 14 Senate Republicans support a government shutdown to prevent President Obama's healthcare reform law from taking effect, The Hill's Healthwatch reported. Article

> Directors of Health Management Associates Inc. are wrongfully trying to threaten investors into rejecting a bid to replace the hospital operator's board, claimed a Florida pension fund in a lawsuit, Bloomberg reported. Article

> On average, U.S. cities have the lowest risk of death from injuries compared to suburban and rural counties, according to researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Announcement

Health IT News

> Most physicians find implementing the technology and changes in practice required by Affordable Care Act challenging, according to a new survey from Wolters Kluwer Health. Article

> Several states are reviewing how information from public health agencies is used when it is sold to data miners after Bloomberg research found that patients could be reidentified with just a few pieces of information. Article

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