Primary care docs say Meaningful Use not worth the effort in the long run; Chicago HIE on the brink of failure;

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According to the results of a recent survey of primary care physicians by San Mateo, Calif.-based health technology company Epocrates, roughly one-third of respondents said that Meaningful Use is not worth the effort in the long run due to a lack of improvement in the quality of care and increased administrative burdens. Infographic

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> A three-year attempt to create the largest regional health information exchange in the country appears to be biting the dust due to payment disputes. Several hospitals in Chicago have opted not to join the HIE on the grounds that the fee to join is too high, with only 18 out of 30 joining. Article

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> Arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby was dealt another setback in its quest to overturn the health reform law's contraception coverage when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor refused to temporarily exempt the store from the controversial provision. The chain is trying to exempt itself from providing to provide coverage for birth control, which they equate with abortion, not aligning with their faith's values. Article

> Aetna was fined $1 million by the Washington state insurance department because it issued more than 7,000 health, disability and life insurance policies that failed to meet state requirements. Article

And Finally... Who says 20-somethings are lazy? These two Indian students and former Google employees now part-own Indian healthcare company Core Diagnostics. Article

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