White House Rural Council health initiative starts in Tennessee; FDA looks to take medical device correction process online;

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> The latest round in a White House Rural Council initiative to link rural doctors and hospitals with financing they need to adopt health IT, such as electronic health records, started Wednesday in Tennessee, according to a post on Health IT Buzz blog. The program focuses on the poorest counties in the state and is part of a broader initiative that generated over $70 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other partners for rural hospitals and clinics in 2012 and 2013. Post

> The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking to take the medical device correction and removal process online, according to a notice posted Friday in the Federal Register. Notice

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> Hospitals face increasing pressure to engage in mergers or acquisitions, according to officials connected to three large financial firms with ties in the healthcare sector. Article

> Hospitals that often receive millions of dollars in discounted drugs for their safety net populations are providing relatively little charity care, according to a new report. But the American Hospital Association has knocked the report, which was issued by a non-profit organization highly critical of the 340B program. Article

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> Interprofessional healthcare is more than a buzzword or a trend. The team-based approach is now a guiding principle at academic and healthcare training organizations and patient-centered medical home models, and what's more, it's the way of the future, according to Bruce Gould, M.D., associate dean for primary care at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Center. Article

And Finally... The most aww-inducing CPR moment ever. Article

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