Kindred Healthcare sells 12 LTC hospitals; Houston hospitals coming under pressure for onsite fast food concessions;

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> Kindred Healthcare is selling 12 of its long-term acute care hospitals to Curahealth LLC for $27.5 million, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Article

> Several hospitals in the Houston area are coming under pressure from activists for having a McDonald's or a Chick-Fil-A onsite, according to Houston Public Media. In one instance, a charitable foundation affiliated with Harris Healthcare receives monthly payments from McDonald's in the five figures. The activists called that arrangement a "kickback." Article

> The Maryland Community Health Resources Commission has granted $3.4 million to 15 organizations to help decrease avoidable hospital costs, among other goals, The Baltimore Sun reported. Article

Provider News

> A decade after implementing shared decision-making protocols, Massachusetts General Hospital has made strides in patient engagement and expanded the initial program, according to research published in Health Affairs. Researchers from MGH and Partners HealthCare reviewed the Boston hospital's shared decision-making protocols from its origins as a primary care pilot in 2005 to its modern inception, which encompasses all of the hospital's primary care practices as well as orthopedics, cardiology and obstetrics/gynecology practices. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Policies about access to government-funded data sets vary widely and may pose indirect barriers to researchers trying to effectively use the data, according a study published at eGEMS (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes). Article

And finally...The National Poo Museum. Article