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> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Illinois attorney general will look into the July theft of four computers from Park Ridge, Ill.-based Advocate Medical Group, in which protected health information for 4 million patients was compromised, the Chicago Tribune reports. The breach is the second-largest loss of unsecured PHI since HHS implemented its mandatory notification rule in September 2009. Article

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> To respond to the ever-changing healthcare environment, hospitals are looking for innovative ways to deliver low-cost, high-quality care. That means healthcare leaders need to understand innovation is more about cultural change and implementation than the technology or invention itself, Molly Coye, M.D., chief innovation officer for UCLA Health System who oversees the Institute for Innovation in Health, said at a hospital leadership roundtable with Becker's Hospital Review. Article

> Family physicians top the list of most-recruited doctors, a spot they've held for seven years in a row, according to a new survey from the physician search firm, Merritt Hawkins. The 2013 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives tracks the 3,097 recruiting assignments the firm conducted from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013. Article

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> As part of its ongoing crackdown on Medicare fraud, federal law enforcement officials raided a Chicago-based medical group that makes house calls throughout the Midwest and arrested its CEO and its leading physician. Dike Ajiri, 62, the CEO of Mobile Doctors, was taken into custody by federal agents earlier this week and charged with healthcare fraud. A Mobile Doctors physician, Bania Koroma, M.D., 63, was charged with making false statements in connection with the delivery of healthcare benefits. Article

> The number of children with complex medical conditions is growing, and putting some strains on hospital resources, reported Kaiser Health News. According to the Children's Hospital Association, the number of children in the U.S. with complex medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy is growing at about 6 percent annually. Many of these kids require numerous hospital admissions as part of their course of care. Article

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