Mo. lawmakers consider mini Medicaid expansion; NY protects patients from out-of-network fees;

News From Around the Web:

> In Missouri, some Republican lawmakers are supporting a mini Medicaid expansion that would double the amount of assets Medicaid members could have without being disqualified for coverage, reported the Associated Press. Article

> A Minnesota legislative commission will decide this week whether the state's health insurance exchange needs a comprehensive audit to determine why it has suffered from poor management and serious software failures, the Minnesota Public Radio reported. Article

> New York has enacted a new law to protect patients from having to pay fees for out-of-network doctors providing emergency care, according to Bloomberg. Article

Health Provider News:

> Medical scribes could allow doctors to spend more time treating and interacting with patients. Article

> Lean strategies saved a New Hampshire critical access hospital from financial ruin, as former CEO Peter Gosline outlines the performance improvement efforts that led Monadnock Community Hospital out of crisis. Article

Health IT News:

> Within the last year, healthcare CIOs learned that one of their biggest challenges is to keep up with and drive change within their organizations. Article

> Three major data breaches affected consumers in California recently--one involving a computer infected with malicious software, one involving a former employee's illegal access and one involving theft of medical data from a contractor's office. Article

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