Texas makes strides in HIT; no greater price transparency with release of hospital charges;

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> Texas is making strides in spreading the use of health information technology, despite inroads to adoption across the Lonestar State. According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the biggest challenge to adoption of health IT in Texas may be patient and consumer attitudes. Article

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> The release of what thousands of hospitals charge for their most common procedures last spring has done little to provide greater price transparency, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Article

> South Carolina's sudden suspension of its certificate of need (CON) law may lead Georgia to follow suit, according to the Augusta Chronicle. The Chronicle reported that a push is underway by a coalition of physicians who hold interests in ambulatory surgical centers to also suspend its CON law. Article

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday it doesn't plan to report five readmission measures and one complication measure on its Hospital Compare website in July as intended, according to AHA News Now. CMS cites an issue relating to categorization of hospitals as better, worse and no different than national averages. Article

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