August a risky month abroad; Iowa-Methodist gains approved partnership;

> Appalachian Regional Healthcare in North Carolina is appealing the dismissal of a lawsuit over inadequate Medicaid payments, reports the Associated Press. The hospital system says that reimbursements cover 67 percent of its costs. Article

> After being hit by a tornado in Joplin, Mo., Mercy Health announced plans to rebuild a new St. John's Regional Medical Center, reports The Morning Sun. Article

> Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review approved an affiliation between Iowa Health Systems and Methodist Medical Center, reports the Peoria Journal Star. Methodist officials report that the partnership is not a merger. Article

> Like July in the U.S., August is a compromised month of patient safety when medical trainees enter UK and Scottish facilities, reports the BBC. Article

> Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin recommend not using powdered latex gloves in hospitals to cut down on allergens for workers and patients. Press release

And Finally... Nice guys make less money. Article