News bites: HHS disputes HIT drives up costs

The government's top Health IT official pushes back against a report suggesting federal support for electronic health records could drive healthcare use and prices up.

Rates of suicide and mental illness are on the rise in the military, reports MedPage Today.

A wave of hospital consolidations could enhance debt rating by reducing risk, Bloomberg reports.

Proposals for more privatized meat inspections to save money could jeopardize food safety, says the consumer group Food & Water Watch.

Pfizer recently turned down a Novartis offer for its animal-drug business, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Caring for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias will cost the U.S. $200 billion this year, according to a new report released Thursday by the Alzheimer's Association.