VA gov. may expand Medicaid on his own; Hospital employment barely budges;

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> Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) wants to know whether he has the executive authority to expand Medicaid eligibilty on his own, despite lawmakers' threat to retaliate with a government shutdown, The Washington Post reports. Article

> Nationwide hospital employment barely budged in April, rising 0.04 percent, or 1,700 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Minus seasonal adjustments, hospitals employed about 4,600 less workers than a year ago. Announcement

> Twenty states fell short of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' ACA-related enrollment projections, although four states had twice as many enrollees as projected, according to The Los Angeles Times. Article

Provider News

> Medicare records released last month show the agency paid at least eight doctors with suspended or revoked medical licenses collectively more than $7 million a year, including doctors disciplined for gross malpractice, battery and violating prescription drug laws, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Article

Healthcare IT News

> Developing a telehealth program requires more than just hardware, software and network system capabilities and presents more than a few hurdles, from costs to regulatory requirements to securing patient data and privacy. Article

And finally... Food poisoning at food safety event. Article