Closed hospitals converted to condos; Miami leads nation on drug spending;

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> Closed hospitals are becoming prime targets for condo conversions because of their stout construction and the fact many occupy prime real estate in urban areas, The Wall Street Journal reports. Article

> Residents of Miami lead the nation in spending on drugs, although that outlay is often leading to better outcomes as well, according to Kaiser Health News. Article

> With Ohio Gov. John Kasich planning a potential end-run around his Legislature to expand Medicaid coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers appear to be stepping up the debate on the issue, according to The Blade. Article

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> A standardized checklist for transferring neuroscience intensive care unit (ICU) patients to hospital services can help improve medication reconciliation and decrease patient time with a urinary catheter, according to a study abstract presented at the annual meeting of the American Neurological Association. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Provider access to data via a health information exchange improved emergency care quality and saved more than $1 million in patient charges--nearly $2,000 per patient--according to research presented this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians in Seattle. Article

And Finally...McDonald's as birthing center. Article