SGR repeal would cost $121B; New criteria could mean fewer autism diagnoses;

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> Repealing Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula would cost more than $121 billion over the next 10 years, MedPageToday reports. Article

> A system designed to maximize surgical efficiency resulted in 47 percent more "on-time" procedures, according to a study from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Announcement

> New diagnostic criteria could reverse the rising rate of autism diagnoses in children, according to MedCityNews. Article

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> Of all the new patterns in healthcare today, the CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is most surprised about how much interaction health insurers have with patients. Article

> People shopping for health insurance after the cancellation of prior plans may find better coverage at comparable or lower rates in the new exchange marketplace, according to a study released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Article

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