UPMC breach may lead to delay in employee tax returns; NASA teams up with Cleveland Clinic on health tools;

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> Last year's security breach at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center may impact tax returns for employees, according to WTAE.com. Information for about 62,000 employees was compromised in the hack, and some of the data was used to file fake tax returns. The medical center notified employees in a memo about a possible delay in their returns. Article

> NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and Cleveland Clinic Innovations are set to work together on using the research center's expertise to develop technologies that can be used to better help patients. The partnership will give researchers from Glenn access to the resources at Cleveland Clinic to create the new tools. "This collaboration between some of the nation's most respected institutions will bring great depth and breadth to our innovation mission," Gary Fingerhut, executive director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations, said in an announcement. "We believe that the collaboration between NASA Glenn's engineers and our caregivers will bring about promising ideas and technologies that can propel us into the new era of healthcare." Article

Health Insurance News

> Patient advocate groups, supported by drug companies, are hoping to put a damper on insurers' efforts to lower rising drug costs. A campaign called Cap the Copay, which is financed by Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies, is pushing for state laws that require insurers cover most drug costs by limiting the amount they can charge members each month. Article

Provider News

> The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday responded to calls for tighter regulation on scopes linked to a superbug outbreak by issuing stricter guidelines for manufacturers of reusable medical devices. Article

> Getting nurses and doctors on the same page is integral to providing the best possible patient outcomes, and one conflict-ridden hospital's successful effort to improve teamwork offers salient lessons for other healthcare leaders who want to do the same. Article

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