dw_roundupWe imagine all our readers are looking forward to the three day weekend, we know we are!

The first part of this week we were out in San Francisco for VentureBeat’s first HealthBeat. It was a great event and we were proud to have been a part of it as a media sponsor. For summaries from the various sessions visit: http://venturebeat.com/tag/healthbeat/.

On Wednesday HHS announced that over half of doctors’ offices and 80% of hospitals that provide Medicare or Medicaid will have electronic health records by the end of this year. To learn how/why read the USA Today article.

Kaiser Health News and NPR look at how individuals who don’t have a traditional checking or savings account will get health insurance.

Should smokers pay more for health insurance? Several states have asked and answered this question and several others are considering it now. Massachusetts although not currently allowing a surcharge is open to reconsidering it in the future, read more here.

Politico looks at how Obamacare’s birth control mandate will go before four different appeals courts over the next three weeks.

A New York Times Well Blog post looks at the difficulties women with breast cancer face when undergoing breast reconstruction.

Happy Memorial Day! We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday weekend. In this spirit, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated today as Don’t Fry Day. The Council’s goal is to encourage sun safety awareness by reminding everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors on Don’t Fry Day and every day. Learn more here.

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