CHS forgoes hospital purchase needing FTC review; Focus on dementia to reduce preventable readmissions;

> Almost more than 41 percent of seniors are cutting back on healthcare to save money, according to a report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Roughly 21 percent made medication changes, such as stopping pills or reducing dosages, while 19.4 percent skipped or postponed doctor appointments. Report (.pdf)

> Community Health Systems decided not to buy Roswell Regional in New Mexico after learning that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) planned to extensively review the deal, reported New Mexico Business Weekly. Last year, the FTC challenged several hospital mergers. Article

> New research has found that extra oxygen might harm emergency room patients, according to a new report, reported Reuters Health. Although paramedics and emergency physicians normally give critically ill patients high-dose oxygen, "all of the evidence that we found points to detrimental effects," said Yvo Smulders, a professor at VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. Article

> Tennesee's Erlanger Health System began an executive shake-up, reorganizing the vice president positions and eliminating other positions, reported the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The health system will notify employees, physicians and trustees of executive-level changes before the general public. Article

> Dementia increases the risk of hospital admission, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study found that two-thirds of hospitalized dementia patients are admitted with avoidable conditions, such as urinary tract infection or pneumonia, according to ThirdAge. Article

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