AHA offers physician integration tips; ACA to cost hospitals $260B in Medicare cuts;

> The American Hospital Association has issued guidance on physician integration models, which includes examples from hospitals and health systems that successfully aligned physicians, according to AHA News Now. News brief

> Individuals under the age of 65 without a prescription drug benefit have been hard hit by the economic downturn, with nearly half (45 percent) of them not filling their prescriptions because of cost, up 19 percentage points from 27 percent last year, according to Consumer Reports' annual prescription drug poll. Announcement

> Hospitals will lose $260 billion in Medicare cuts under the Affordable Care Act, according to a working paper from the University of Minnesota's Medical industry Leadership Institute. California, Florida, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania will see the highest cuts. Paper (.pdf)

> After a merger with Chicago-based Resurrection Health Care, Mokena, Ill.-based Provena Mercy Medical Center is rebranding as Presence Mercy Medical Center, The Beacon-News reported. Other name changes include Provena Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin's switch to Presence Saint Joseph Hospital and Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet becoming Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Article

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