CDC confirms second MERS case; California proposes to ease licensing rules for illegal immigrants;

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> The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the U.S. this weekend, according to the CDC. Announcement

> A proposed California bill would allow illegal immigrants to practice medicine by easing professional licensing rules, according to the Los Angeles Times. Article

> National Nurses United, in a quest to revive the nurse-ratio staffing bill, submitted a list to District of Columbia officials that provides 215 instances in which hospitals endangered patients because of understaffing, the Washington Business Journal reported. Article

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> Hospital mergers and acquisitions last year fell overall, but the number of beds involved increased dramatically. There were 84 acquisitions in 2013, down 21.5 percent from 2012, according to data from the Connecticut-based Irving Levin & Associates. Article

> The Great Recession had an impact on all hospitals, but those that were on the financial precipice prior to that crisis were left far weaker than those with stronger finances to start, according to a new study. Article

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