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> Without warning, many Californians who bought health insurance through the state's exchange--Covered California--are being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, which is similar to Medicaid but with a limited number of doctors and providers, reports KCRA News.
> The average premium rate for family coverage will increase three percent, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation 2014 Employer Health Benefits Survey, released today. Report
> The Obama administration gave the initial go-ahead for Utah to implement its alternative Medicaid expansion plan today, reports The Salt Lake Tribune. The final agreement will come within the next few weeks. Article
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> The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has issued a new final rule that makes the 2014 edition of certification criteria more flexible and folds in some of the criteria that had been proposed in its 2015 voluntary edition of electronic health record certification criteria, which the agency has opted to abandon. Article
> PwC has joined forces with Medsphere, DSS, Inc. and General Dynamics Information Technology to vie for the coveted U.S. Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) electronic health record contract, and plans to merge "open source" software with commercial applications in its proposal, PwC has announced. Article
And finally… A parking spot worth more than your house. Article