Huge job vacancies at VA hospitals interfere with care; Mid Coast Health acquires Parkview Adventist;

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> Maine's 92-bed Mid Coast Health has completed its purchase of 55-bed Parkview Adventist Medical Center and got it out of bankruptcy for about $4.3 million in cash, NECN has reported. Article

> Two dozen county-owned hospitals have formed partnerships with long-term care facilities in Indiana since 2011, obviating the need to merge with other hospitals, the Indianapolis Business Journal has reported. Article

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> A huge number of job openings at VA hospitals--in some facilities nearly half of critical care jobs are vacant--has led to longer wait times for patients, USA Today has reported. Article

> Even as the nation's overall healthcare outcomes improve, racial disparities in both treatment and outcomes persist, and healthcare professionals must consider the role their unconscious behavior may play in the situation, according to National Public Radio. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Increased use of remote medical consultations to improve healthcare for chronic disease and elderly patients, particularly as cost models shift in the industry, will fuel steady growth of the global home health technologies market, according to a new report. Article

And finally... Man with medical condition that leaves arm useless beats gun charge. Article