Former Soundview Health CEO sentenced; Maine will finally get Medicaid payments;

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> Former Democratic member of the New York senate Pedro Espada Jr., who was charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the non-profit Soundview Health while he was CEO there, was sentenced to five years in prison. Article

> The North Carolina Senate voted to cap sales tax refunds for non-profits, a move that could cost hospitals in the state millions of dollars a year if signed into law. Article

> Maine hospitals will finally get paid for about $200 million in Medicaid services after Republican Gov. Paul LePage signed legislation authorizing the funds. Article

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> Urged by care failures at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a patient safety measure into law that requires resident doctors and hospital trainees to wear ID badges that clearly display their names and experience level. It intends to empower patients who may want to call attending physicians and other experienced providers when problems arise. Article

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> A host of medical groups are up in arms over a proposal by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in April that could allow protected mental health information to be reported to a federal gun background-check database, according to the Wall Street Journal. The plan would require HHS an amendment to HIPAA, which was strengthened by updates unveiled in January. Article

And finally ... Now there's a political platform I can get behind. Article