VA cuts down on hospital-acquired infections; ACLU sues Florida hospital;

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> Authorities in the United Kingdom are investigating five nurses and doctors who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, after one nurse's diagnosis with the virus led to questions about whether the proper screening protocols were followed, the BBC reports. Article

> Veterans Health Administration facilities have been highly successful in reducing rates of hospital-acquired infections, due in part to the practice of screening every patient for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, according to Portland television station KGW. Article

> The American Civil Liberties Union sued one Florida hospital and sent warning letters to three others for referring patients to off-site facilities such as Planned Parenthood instead of providing abortion services on-site, the Miami Herald reports. Article

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> Medical identity theft incidents rose more than 20 percent in fiscal year 2014 compared to the year prior, according to a recently released survey by the Ponemon Institute. Article

> Among the 100 top IT leaders named in Computerworld's Class of 2015 Yearbook, five are involved in the healthcare industry, including four hospital officials. Article

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