Blood clots may not be effective measure of hospital quality; Hospital offers reward for doctor referral;

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> A new study casts doubt on the effectiveness of using post-surgical blood clots as a measure of hospital quality, Reuters reports. Article

> Hancock County Health System in Britt, Iowa is offering $10,000 to anyone who provides a referral for a qualified physician if the physician is subsequently hired, the Mason City Globe Gazette reports. Article

> Alex Rodriguez is suing the Yankees team physician and a New York City hospital, claiming they mishandled his medical care during the 2012 American League playoffs, the Associated Press reports. Article

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> Having restored its fiscal health while planning to dramatically expand its Medicaid program, California is in the curious position of cutting provider payments while continuing to add enrollees, Bloomberg News reported. Article

> A loophole in the way pension plans are structured for some not-for-profit hospitals could allow the organizations to escape some or all of their pension obligations, the Washington Post reported. Article

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