Uninsured rate lowest in years, Gallup finds; Proposed CMS rule would increase breast biopsy reimbursements;

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News From Around the Web

> The uninsured rate in the U.S. fell 2.2 percentage points to 13.4% in the second quarter of 2014, according to a new Gallup poll. This is the lowest quarterly average recorded since Gallup and Healthways began tracking the percentage of uninsured Americans in 2008. Poll results

> Health savings account (HSA) plans are a valuable financial tool for consumers, providing flexibility to cover immediate medical expenses and to save for future healthcare costs, according to a new survey conducted by America's Health Insurance Plans and the American Bankers Association's HSA Council. Announcement

> With its patient-centered medical home, Baltimore-based CareFirst Blue learned that saving big in healthcare means incentivizing providers to deliver high-quality, low-cost care. 

Medical Imaging News

> Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have developed an algorithm that can help diagnose appendicitis in children and reduce the need for computed tomography, Reuters Health reports. Article

> The proposed rule for changes to the hospital outpatient prospective payment system for 2015, recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, would significantly increase breast biopsy payments. Article

Provider News

Roughly one-third of Americans are obese, and as the numbers continue to rise, hospitals around the country are investing in equipment to accommodate more plus-sized patients. Article

And Finally... Bambi, we're going to need to see your ID. Article