State of New Jersey could wind up owning two hospitals in Newark; Florida hospitals have nation's highest C-section rate;

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> The New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, a state agency, could wind up owning two hospitals in Newark and dictating how healthcare is delivered in that city for years to come, reported. Article

> Florida's hospitals had the highest percentage of C-section deliveries in the United States, at 32 percent of all births, compared to the Leapfrog Group's recommendation of 24 percent. Some hospitals reported C-section rates as high as 45 percent, according to the Bradenton Herald. Article

Provider News

> Magnet-designated hospitals, which are accredited nationally for nursing excellence, also receive higher ratings from patients--a measure that could also help Magnet hospitals financially, a new study finds. Article

> Although more U.S. hospitals educate mothers on breastfeeding, only about half follow a majority of internationally accepted best practices shown to help mothers continue breastfeeding at home, a new study found. Article

Healthcare IT News

> The Department of Health and Human Services has issued the long-awaited final rules changing the requirements of the Meaningful Use program for 2015-2017 and implementing Stage 3 of the program. The rules "[s]hift the paradigm so health IT becomes a tool for care improvement, not an end in itself," according to an HHS' announcement. Article

And finally... An 800-pound patient is kicked out of hospital after ordering pizza. Article