Hospitals, health plans to cover operating expenses of Arizona's HIE; Louisiana Insurance Commission to take control of state's CO-OP;

News From Around the Web

> Community providers in Arizona's health information exchange will not be subjected to participation fees beginning Oct. 1, according to an announcement from Arizona Health-e Connection. Instead, hospitals and health plans will cover the operating expenses previously covered by the community providers. Announcement (.pdf)

> Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donlen is slated to take control of the state's consumer operated and oriented plan, Louisiana Health Cooperative. The CO-OP announced previously that it would end operations at the end of this year and not provide coverage in 2016. Announcement

> The federal government has awarded grants to two Delaware healthcare agencies to fund outreach efforts intended to help people enroll in coverage through the federal health insurance marketplace, the News-Journal reports. Article 

Electronic Medical Records News

> Two electronic health record systems--both versions of SkyCare 4.2 developed by Platinum Health Information Systems Inc.--have had their certifications terminated by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for failure to continue to meet the EHR certification program requirements. Article

> The National Institutes of Health has awarded 12 grants to support research that incorporates DNA sequence information into electronic health records. Article

And finally … This sheep is ready for winter. Article