OR pricing data difficult to obtain; Hospitals make gains against alarm fatigue;

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> Pricing data among providers in Oregon is difficult to obtain, particularly for individual consumers who want to know how much they will have to pay, the Oregonian reported. Article

> New Orleans' Charity Hospital, closed since Hurricane Katrina, may be repurposed as high-end apartments, the Sun-Herald reported. Article

> In the battle against "alarm fatigue," many hospitals have begun to set their alarms in specific ways to ensure staff pays attention to their meaning--and its impact on patients, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Article

Provider News

> Hospitals must pay closer attention to demographics and trends among their patients to provide the most appropriate care, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton CEO Richard Freeman said last week, according to NJ.com. Article

Healthcare IT News

> The healthcare industry has made progress in reducing medical errors over the past 15 years, but it's not enough, according to Molly Joel Coye, M.D., chief innovation officer of UCLA Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. Article

And Finally... Man pleads guilty in hospital dues scam. Article