Hackers plan attacks on Healthcare.gov; Larry Hogan to focus on Maryland's small-business insurance program;

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> Groups of hackers are conducting sanctioned weekly attacks on Healthcare.gov to determine its weaknesses and flaws, reports The Verge. Government officials hope these planned attacks will prevent the problems that plagued the site last year.  Article

> Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) argued with state legislators in her own party before the State Supreme Court Thursday regarding the state's Medicaid expansion, reports The New York Times. Legislators claim the Brewer administration passed the expansion by a majority, as opposed to two-thirds that is required by law. Article

> Maryland's new Governor-elect, Larry Hogan (R), intends to take a different approach to how the state handles the healthcare reform law, reports the Baltimore Business Journal. Hogan wants to focus on the state's small-business insurance program, and work with the existing broker community to offer tax credits. Article

Health IT News

> In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week, both Health IT Now and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) urge increased use of remote patient monitoring technologies to create a more connected healthcare system. Article

> There are chief information officers and chief information security officers, but there's another health IT position coming into play in the industry--the chief data officer. Article

And finally … I object to the use of the word "mere" in this story's headline. Article