All patients who fled Liberia hospital returned; Holy Cross fires back at critics of psych ward plan;

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> Publicly-traded Skilled Healthcare Group and privately-held Genesis Healthcare announced plans for a merger that will bring more than $5 billion in pro forma revenue. Announcement

> All patients who fled a Liberia hospital before screening for the Ebola virus during looting returned to the facility, according to the Associated Press. Article

> Officials at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago said that other organizations opposing its plan to open a new psychiatric unit refused to accept transfers of psychiatric patients from the hospital, Chicago Healthcare Daily reports. Article

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> It was an odd sight at the annual meeting of the Southern Governors Association--three of its members advocating for expansion of Medicaid eligibility as part of the Affordable Care Act. Article

> In light of the millions of low-income Americans who now qualify for free or heavily subsidized health insurance coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act, some hospital operators reconsider their charity care policies for those who refuse to obtain coverage. Article

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