69% of voters oppose Medicare, Medicaid payment cuts; Bayfront Medical Center questions HMA relationship;

> Sixty-nine percent of voters opposed proposals for $70 billion cuts to Medicare and Medicaid providers in the coming decade, according to the Public Opinion Strategies survey of 800 registered voters in the week after the presidential election, AHA News Now reported. Only 22 percent supported the hospital payment cuts. News brief

> Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed clear correlations between national trends for prescription opioid sales, admissions for substance abuse treatment and deaths, according to a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Statement

> California's Prime Healthcare has signed a letter of intent to acquire another New Jersey hospital, St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark, the latter announced Tuesday. Saint Michael's is part of Catholic Health East. Announcement

> Following the 60 Minutes report on excess admissions from the emergency room at Health Management Associates, Bayfront Medical Center is questioning its partnership with the hospital chain, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported. Article

And Finally… It's not just in your head: Working from home means working more hours. Statement