Canadian province studies stroke care in rural communities; North Carolina hospital plans lay offs;

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> A rural Canadian province will study a new model for stroke care to reduce inequities in health across the communities, News Medical reports. The model was presented recently at the Canadian Stroke Congress and aims to show how hospitals in rural care can mimic the type of care that's typically available in larger organizations. Article

> Washington County Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Plymouth, North Carolina, will lay off dozens of staff, according to a WITN report. Article

Health Finance News

> Hospital employment, which has been flat as of late, is continuing to experience modest increases, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Article

> The use of better supply management for medical devices can significantly reduce costs at the hospital level, according to a new study in the American Journal of Managed Care. Article

Health Payer News

> Insurers might want to say a big thank you to "60 Minutes" for airing a show Sunday night about the extremely high cost of cancer drugs. Many drugs used to treat cancers cost more than $100,000 a year, a large portion of which is often absorbed by insurers. Article

And Finally… Officer of the Year. Article