US diabetes rate plateaus; Proposed legislation calls for hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims;

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> Seven hospitals in Connecticut announced they will form a partnership to improve care and lower healthcare costs to patients.The partnership is a collaboration, not a merger, and each hospital will remain independent, according to Article

> A group of Senate Democrats introduced legislation this week to require federally funded hospitals under Medicare or Medicaid to provide emergency contraception to rape victims upon request, Talking Points Memo reports. Article

> The rates of diabetes in the United States plateaued between 2008 and 2012, according to a new study published in JAMA. Study abstract

Practice Management News

> A desire for greater financial security is one of the top reasons physicians may leave private practice for hospital or large group practice employment. But a steady paycheck doesn't necessarily guarantee employed physicians are comfortable with their long-term financial picture, according to a new report from AMA Insurance. Article

> Physicians rely heavily on information from patients to make correct diagnoses and treatment recommendations, but up to half of patients admit they don't always tell their doctor everything they should. Article

Payer News

> Despite widespread public outcry regarding insurers' use of narrow networks, most states won't change their oversight of networks to require insurers to expand their covered providers, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Article

And Finally… A ray of sunshine. Article