High-deductible health plans could cause financial ruin to enrollees; Connecticut hospitals object to property tax proposal;

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> High-deductible health plans are becoming more of the norm for Americans, but health emergencies with such coverage can quickly ruin their personal finances, the Charlotte Observer reported. Article

> The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) has come out against state legislation that would tax any off-campus properties owned by not-for-profit hospitals or healthcare systems. The CHA claims such a tax would eat into the ability of its members to provide community benefits, AHA News Now reported. Article

> Spaulding Hospital's campus in Salem, Massachusetts, will shut down its inpatient operations by Sept. 30, and layoff approximately 320 employees. Its owner, Partners HealthCare, said it will search for new jobs for some of the displaced workers at its other facilities, the Boston Business Journal reported. Article

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> The rate of patients in California who visit the emergency department for non-injury conditions has increased, indicating a shift in the ED's role in healthcare, according to a study published in Health Affairs. Article

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> The costs of false-positive mammograms and overdiagnoses of breast cancer could be about $4 billion a year, according to a new study published this month in Health Affairs. Article

And finally...Hospitalized philanderer exposed when his 17 mistresses come to visit. Article