Google to test diabetes-tracking smart contact lens prototype; GAO in search of new HIT Policy Committee members;

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> Google this week announced that it is testing a prototype of its "smart contact lens," which would enable diabetics to monitor their blood sugar just by wearing the lens. The lens would be outfitted with tiny chips and an antenna, and can create a reading of a tear's glucose level every second, Reuters reported. Article

> The Government Accountability Office recently published a notice in the Federal Register regarding two openings on the Health IT Policy Committee, which advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in its decision-making process. One member, the notice said, should have expertise with improving the health of vulnerable populations, while the other should represent the IT vendor community. Post

Health Insurance News

> The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that would require federal- and state-run health exchanges to release reports to the public every Monday until the end of March 2015. The reports must include the number of unique visitors, web chats, new account registrations, enrollee zip codes and level of plans selected. Post

> Top U.S. corporations gave $185 million in one year to about 1,000 politically active nonprofits, and WellPoint ranked as the second biggest donor, according to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity. The Indianapolis-based insurer disclosed 19.2 million in donations to trade groups and politically engaged nonprofits in 2012. Article

Provider News

> A new report card from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is sharply critical of emergency care in the U.S., giving it a grade of D-plus overall. The overall grade was based on scores in several subcategories, including access to emergency care; quality and patient safety; medical liability environment; and public health and injury prevention. Article

And Finally... It pays to be able to hold your liquor. Article

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