California AG signs off on new Daughters of Charity deal; Iowa Medicaid gets more hospitals;

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> California Attorney General Kamala Harris has approved BlueMountain Capital Management's takeover of the six Daughters of Charity hospitals and potential sale, the Los Angeles Times reported. Article

> UnityPoint Health, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Genesis Health System have all signed on to Iowa's new Medicaid program, perhaps breaking up a logjam of hospitals in the state reluctant to sign up, according to the Des Moines Register. Article

> Tenet Healthcare Corp. has come to terms to sell five Atlanta-area hospitals to WellStar for $650 million, StreetInsider reported. Article

Provider News

> An accountable care organization operated by a Wisconsin health system and UnitedHealthcare performed above care quality goals in the first year of the three-year partnership, due in large part to improved care coordination and data-sharing, according to a new report from UnitedHealthcare. Integrated Health Network  and UnitedHealthcare established their ACO in 2013, and in 2014 it yielded results that were a substantial improvement over 2012. Not only did the ACO increase breast cancer screenings by nearly 7 percent last year, it also increased colorectal cancer screenings more than 5 percent and diabetic screenings by more than 4 percent. Unnecessary emergency room use also dropped by 4 percent. Article

Healthcare IT News

The Supreme Court has upheld a Texas law that prevents veterinarians from giving advice to pet owners online, according to the LA Times. The ruling could have implications for the growing use of telemedicine by providers for human patients. Article

And finally... Mystery illness traced to unusual source. Article