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> A New York state employee was suspended after emailing records for more than 17,000 Medicaid beneficiaries to himself, HealthcareInfoSecurity reported. The Albany, N.Y. employee, whose name, gender and job title were not released, worked in the Office of Medicaid Inspector General. That office, which discovered the employee's breach on Oct. 12, 2012, is charged with fighting Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse. Article

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> Healthcare leaders must focus on value to overcome concerns that healthcare costs outweigh quality, researchers from Harvard University's Forum on Healthcare Innovation conclude in a new report, "5 Imperatives: Addressing Healthcare's Innovation Challenge." Article

> Stanford University Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital put their long-rehearsed "organized dance" into action on July 6 after an Asiana Airlines Flight 214 carrying 307 passengers crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport, Mountain View (Calif.) Voice reported. Article

> Despite heightened industry attention on curbing prescription painkiller abuse and misuse, officials in several regions say that doctor shopping is still a daily problem, in part because inappropriate prescribers don't face tough enough consequences. Article

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> A failure to provide patient-centered care was the most common complaint made by patients concerning their radiological experience, according to a study published this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Researchers from the department of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston performed a review of all radiology-related complaints received at the hospital between 1999 and 2010. The complaints were classified into several categories: those involving medical complications; radiology staff members; failure to provide patient-centered care; and categories of care based on safety, systems and professionalism. Article

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