Calif. makes it tougher for insurers to deny autism treatment; OIG: Offshore outsourcing a risk to personal health information;

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> New rules in California clarify that insurers must cover behavioral interventions for children with autism at the same level they cover medical doctor visits, Reuters reported. Article

> President Obama is scheduled to meet with health insurance executives and state insurance commissioners today to convey unity with insurers and state regulators involved with the Affordable Care Act rollout, according to The Hill's Healthwatch. Article

> A coalition of drugmakers and pharmacists asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a one-year transition period before states implement a new healthcare reform provision that slashes Medicaid reimbursement rates for generic prescription drugs, according to California Healthline. Article

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> State Medicaid agencies that outsource administrative functions to foreign contractors could be putting personal health information (PHI) at risk, warns a report from the Office of the Inspector General. Article

> What's the key to managing readmission risks? Not playing whack-a-mole by quickly combatting problems as they arise, according to Ray Hess (pictured), vice president of information management at West Chester, Pa.-based Chester County Hospital. Article

And Finally... I think I'll stick with pizza dough. Article