Hackers may have accessed health records for 1.3 million people; ZocDoc raises $152 million;

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> Hackers who broke into a state health department computer server in Montana may have accessed personal information for 1.3 million people, the Associated Press reports. The server contained names, addresses, birthdates and Social Security numbers for citizens, as well as medical records and prescription and insurance information. State employees discovered the breach late last month. Article

> ZocDoc, a portal that allows patients to search for physicians and book appointments online, is raising $152 million at a $1.6 billion valuation, Fortune reports. The company has already raised $97.9 million in venture funding, according to the article. Article

> With an eye toward improving patient care via the acceleration of Meaningful Use, consulting firm KPMG this week acquired technology consulting firm Zanett Commercial Solutions. Announcement

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> Healthcare consumers in Massachusetts can now compare medical practices side by side using a new website the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) launched this month. The site offers patient rankings for 238 pediatric practices and 386 adult primary care practices, and evolved from a previous project that was not as easy for patients to navigate. Article

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> Health insurers in 10 states that reported rate filings have the support of Moody's Investors Services to go forward with double-digit rate hikes in 2015. Moody's analysts said the rate increases reflect an increasing medical cost trend, the Affordable Care Act industry fee and regulatory changes that allow people to keep noncompliant plans for another year, according to a report released Monday. Article

And Finally... I had no idea this was even a trend. Article

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