Alabama hospital CEOs asks that state does not cut Medicaid program further; Montana's hospitals struggle against nursing shortage;

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> An Alabama hospital CEO implores lawmakers in the Anniston Star not to make further cuts to the state's Medicaid program, noting that it would impact all of the state's residents. Article

> Montana's hospitals are struggling with a nursing shortage created by an aging population and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Independent Record reported. Article

> In Cleveland, Samaritan Regional Health System has completed its deal to merge with the University Hospitals system, according to the Plain Dealer. Article

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> Encouraging hand hygiene among hospital employees is a top priority in the healthcare industry, but improving it may require closer monitoring and the threat of penalties for non-compliance, according to a column at MedPageToday. Article

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> Telehealth is an acceptable tool for controlling and monitoring hypertension, but problems persist when using the technology in these cases, according to a study conducted by researchers in England. Article

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