Florida's political establishment fragmented over Medicaid expansion; 16 hospitals agree to settle psychiatric overbilling;

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> Florida's political split over expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has roiled its political establishment in ways that were never contemplated, the Atlantic magazine reported. Article

> Sixteen hospitals in seven states have agreed to pay $15.7 million to settle federal charges of overbilling for psychiatric services, according to WSB-TV. Article

> A combination of a past history of racial discrimination and deeply held religious beliefs are among the reasons African-Americans tend to eschew hospice care, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

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> As an uptick in violent incidents in healthcare facilities spawns a range of emergency preparedness plans, hospitals looking to tighten security must recognize that emergency departments are especially vulnerable, security experts told Healthcare Finance News. Article

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> Mercy Health System's telehealth division Mercy Virtual is closing in on completion of its new virtual care center, MedCity News has reported. The Chesterfield, Missouri-based system, which has been touting the project since 2011, broke ground on the 120,000-square-foot facility last May; the facility will house all of Mercy's telehealth programs, which total close to 80. Article

And finally...Woman wants to be pregnant with own grandchild. Article