Healthcare reform law still unpopular; Big data lacks demonstrated 'real-world' value;

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> The Affordable Care Act remains unpopular with the public--with only 43 percent of Americans approving the law--despite its successful 8 million enrollees, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday. Poll

> Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and fellow authors defend the Medicare doc data release in the New England Journal of Medicine. As part of CMS's commitment to data transparency, they said the data release is an important first step in building greater understanding about how Medicare pays physicians and other providers. Article

> While a lawsuit claims Health Care Service Corporation has been hoarding excess reserves to enrich its executives instead of reimbursing members, its subsidiary Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana gave its top executives a pay cut last year, reports the Billings Gazette. Article

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> Big data will not reduce costs or improve care unless the industry overcomes challenges around standards and methods, according to a report from the national health policy institute Network for Excellence in Health Innovation. Article

> The massive data breaches at Target and eBay could be a taste of what's in store for the healthcare industry, according to a report from security rating firm BitSight Technology. Article

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