Premium tax may amount to 13% of 2011 premium revenue; Bill would prohibit insurers from covering abortions;

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> The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that tax subsidies in 2021 will total as much as 13 percent of health insurers' 2011 premium revenue, reported LifeHealthPro. Article

> Newly introduced legislation from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) would prevent insurers from covering abortion in multi-state policies selected by the Office of Personnel Management, The Hill's Healthwatch reported. Article

> UnitedHealth's IT unit Optum has bought Humedica, a Boston-based health IT firm, to help the insurer and Mayo Clinic launch a recently announced health IT research unit, reported the Boston Business Journal. Article

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> Faith-based hospitals and other religious organizations may fight the reform law's contraception mandate all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Article

> Rather than relying on short-term rewards to motivate employees or doling out constant praise for average work, organizations should provide sincere, specific feedback in the moment they catch employees doing exemplary work. Article

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> A new smartphone app could allow people to safely store and use their DNA on a mobile device, holding great promise in the rapidly growing area of personalized medicine. Article

> The final HIPAA omnibus rule impacts electronic health records in many significant ways while also delving into some uncharted territory that may trip up the unwary provider. Article

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