Highmark creates new business unit for health IT; Colorado tries streamling exchange application;

News From Around the Web:

> Highmark is creating a new business unit to house some of its heath information technology services plus research and development activity, reported Insurance & Financial Advisor. Article

> New Mexico has enrolled only3,600 consumers in its newly expanded Medicaid program even though more than 200,000 people now qualify, The New Mexican reported. Article

> Colorado's health insurance exchange board is trying to streamline its applications so consumers can enroll faster and make the Dec. 15 deadline for obtaining coverage, reported the Denver Post. Article

Health Provider News:

> Healthcare workers had the highest injury rates of almost any industry in the country in 2011, costing the industry $13.1 billion and more than 2 million lost workdays. Article

> Hidden costs to most preventive care, including mammograms, may still keep young, low-income women from getting breast lumps examined in a timely fashion, a study published in Cancer suggests. Article

Health IT News:

> CIOs at federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, don't have enough authority when it comes to spending, according to a Government Accountability Office report. Article

> Google Glass, which could potentially yield important mobile health apps for medical professionals, won't likely see widespread use in healthcare for several years due to technical limitations and regulatory hurdles. Article

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