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Epic lands Scripps Health for EHR, revenue cycle IT

By Joseph Conn  |  March 27, 2015

Scripps Health announced its intent to buy an electronic health-record system and a revenue cycle management system from Epic Systems for its 26 clinics and four hospitals across the San Diego area.

Indiana governor overrides law to authorize needle exchange

By Associated Press  |  March 27, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use.

Tightening labor markets pressure healthcare to up wages

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 27, 2015

Economic data suggest certain parts of the labor market, including healthcare, are tightening. That means healthcare organizations may need to raise wages to attract and retain the most qualified workers.

GOP hopes budget will lead to replacing ACA

By Paul Demko  |  March 27, 2015

With their overnight vote before adjourning Friday morning, Senate Republicans joined their House counterparts in passing budget blueprints that set the stage for a fierce debate with the White House over the shape of the nation's healthcare system and appropriate levels of taxing and spending.

Premera faces class-action suit over massive data breach

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 27, 2015

Premera Blue Cross failed to adequately protect its customers' personal information and notify them of a recent data breach in a timely manner, according to the latest class-action lawsuit filed Thursday against the insurer in federal court in Seattle.

CommonWell hires exec director, aims to grow

CommonWell hires exec director, aims to grow

By Joseph Conn  |  March 27, 2015

The barely 2-year-old CommonWell Health Alliance, a group promoting EHR interoperability, is coming of age, demonstrating a new interoperability platform and hiring its first executive director.

Senate punts on 'doc fix'; passage expected after spring break

Senate punts on 'doc fix'; passage expected after spring break

By Paul Demko  |  March 27, 2015

There will be no doc fix until at least mid-April. The Senate adjourned for spring break on Friday morning without taking up legislation to permanently repeal Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors.

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