Oregon officials might switch to federal marketplace; HHS nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell to push for Medicaid expansion;

News From Around the Web:

An analysis found three reasons Oregon officials should consider transferring to the federal exchange: The HealthCare.gov website works properly, they can switch over by the next open enrollment period and it's the cheapest option, reported the Statesman Journal. Article

> If Sylvia Mathews Burwell becomes the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she will likely focus on persuading states to expand Medicaid, according to The Hill's Healthwatch. Article

Health Provider News:

> Building a brand is essential for any hospital or healthcare system to attract and retain new patients, as well as top physicians during an era of consolidations, mergers and closures. Article

> More experienced nurses deliver better patient care and shorten length of stay, according to a study published in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. Article

Health IT News:

> When the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office for Civil Rights resumes HIPAA audits this fall, its staff will conduct what it's calling "desk audits" of a narrower focus and comprehensive on-site audits "as resources allow." Article

> The ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization is calling for collaboration on patient safety to create a "a non-punitive learning environment" to bring about improvement. Article

And Finally... The European parliament is going to the dogs. Article