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> Just in time for the holiday shopping season, research from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital reminds parents that those gifts under the tree can pose a threat. Study abstract

> As news of other Veterans Administration (VA) hospital woes circulate in the headlines, some vets in Kansas are speaking out about how much they rely on VA medical facilities, and they want to make sure funding cuts due to all the bad press don't impact their ability to receive care, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Article

> Molina Healthcare of Florida Inc. closed on its acquisition of First Coast Advantage LL, a Provider Service Network affiliated with University of Florida Health at Jacksonville, Market Watch reports. Article

Health IT News

> Healthcare organizations run the risk of passively accepting that a data breach is inevitable rather than actively taking every step to prevent it. That's the lesson for all healthcare organizations from the Community Health Systems breach, according to Paula Knippa, an attorney in the Austin office of Slack & Davis. Article

Health Payer News

> A top U.S. Senate Democrat called the Affordable Care Act a "major political blunder" on Tuesday, saying that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats should have focused on fixing the economy in 2009 instead. Article

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