House Republicans to use ACA to challenge the White House; AHIP hits back at AHA's criticism of mergers;

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> The Affordable Care Act is now at the center of the House Republicans' fight with the Obama administration over congressional authority, the New York Times reports. Article

> The American Hospital Association's claim that the two major health insurance mergers would harm healthcare access, affordability and innovation leaves out the fact that "years of anticompetitive hospital consolidation" have also hurt consumers, America's Health Insurance Plans contends, according to The Hill. Article

> The Affordable Care Act didn't have an adverse effect on labor supply nor on the labor market, despite claims to the contrary, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report. Report

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> Harm reduction centers that distribute needles and condoms in at-risk communities can help hospitals deliver person-centered care to vulnerable patient populations and ultimately reduce readmissions, according to a new report. Article

> Amending a hospital mission statement with just one sentence may sound like a largely symbolic change, but doing so helped a New Jersey health system improve the patient experience and work toward a culture of healing, according to Becker's Hospital Review. Article

And finally… Only the Brits. Article

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