Millions of Medicare enrollees could see Part B premiums spike; Ascension subsidiary buys Capella out of Tennessee hospitals;

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> Millions of Medicare beneficiaries could see their Part B premiums increase by as much as 52 percent in 2016, Kaiser Health News has reported. Article

> The maternity market in Missoula, Montana, is expected to be upended by the opening of a $5 million birthing center by St. Patrick Hospital. Community Medical Center had the maternity market in the town to itself for decades. Expectant mothers will have more choice, but possibly a dilution in quality, the Missoulian reported. Article

> Saint Thomas Health, a subsidiary of Ascension Health, has agreed to buy out four Tennessee hospitals it owns jointly with Capella Health, the Nashville Tennesseean has reported. Article

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More than 1 million emergency department visits in Minnesota during 2012 may have been preventable, according to a report from the state Department of Health. Article

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> Telemedicine offers the potential to address the access, cost and quality problems in the U.S. healthcare system, but requires change at the federal and state levels to do so, according to a Health Affairs blog post. Article

And Finally... Burglarizing hospital rooms. Article

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