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More than one-third of hospitalization costs in 13 low-income N.J. communities are linked with behavioral health conditions, underscoring the need for better coordination of behavioral and physical healthcare, according to a Rutgers study. 

Catholic Health East and Trinity Health, which merged last year to form a giant U.S. health system that reported $13.6 billion in revenues in June, announced that it will call itself Trinity Health, reports Modern Healthcare.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid has formed a new Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics, which will help the agency better harness its vast data resources, reports Clinical Innovation + Technology.

The Department of Health & Human Services has released a proposed rule that would require companies to report summary results for drugs and devices that are never approved and not just for products that reach the marketplace, reports the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

The first weekday of the sign-up season for HealthCare.gov attracted plenty of traffic, although some users did encounter a few minor bumps, reports ABC News.

The Peer Exchange convened by The American Journal of Managed Care brought together payers and providers to hear their views on the value proposition of quality measures in oncology.

Partners and EMC Corp. are joining forces on what they call The Partners Data Lake, a data and analytics platform that will accelerate clinical research, improve care delivery and reduce costs, reports Clinical Innovation + Technology.

Joe White, who managed six Texas hospitals owned by Tariq Mahmood, MD, has pleaded guilty to making false statements to obtain $800,000 in Meaningful Use incentive payments, reports The Dallas Morning News.

Martin Salia, MD, a surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, died on Monday in a biocontainment center in Omaha, reports The New York Times.

The Joint Commission has recognized 1,224 hospitals as “Top Performer” hospitals which have demonstrated overall quality improvements, according to Becker’s Healthcare.

Healthcare organizations can employ a number of strategies to utilize big data to improve quality of care and outcomes for patients, especially those with chronic conditions, according to Hospitals & Health Networks.

Do patients have a responsibility when they fail to follow-up with their physicians? Barron H. Lerner, MD, and professor of medicine and population health at NYU School of Medicine, explores this hazy ethical area in a New York Times editorial.