Info for 840K Horizon members on stolen computers; incorrectly refers consumers to Medicaid;

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> Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has notified more than 840,000 members that their information was on computers stolen from its corporate offices, the Asbury Park Press reported. The laptops, which were unencrypted and password-protected, were cable-locked to employee workstations. Horizon has notified police and begun an internal investigation. Article

> sometimes incorrectly refers consumers to Medicaid even though they're not qualified for the federal-state health program, USA Today reported. Article

> California exchange officials are asking health insurance agents for help to input information from paper applications into the online system, according to the Sacramento Business Journal. Article

Health Provider News:

> Patients are 24 percent more likely to die on Friday than if they had their operation earlier in the week, says a new report from the United Kingdom. Article

> Preventable readmissions for Medicare patients are on the decline as a result of the healthcare reform law, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Article

Health IT News:

> People believe technology innovation holds the best promise for curing fatal diseases--more so than increasing the number of doctors or funding for research, according to a new survey from Intel. Article

> Google Glass can help surgeons avoid wrong-side surgery, a general, trauma, advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgeon says in a TED talk video. Article

And Finally... When in Rome, the elephants will roam. Article