Cleveland Clinic issues rare century bond; Merger will create a $6.8B, 16-hospital system in Chicago;

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> Cleveland Clinic will issue a rare century bond, marking a first from the not-for-profit healthcare sector and one of few such debt issues in the U.S. municipal market, Reuters reports. Article

> Advocate Health Care, Chicago's largest hospital system, and NorthShore University Health System, the dominant hospital chain in the North Shore suburbs, will merge to form a 16-hospital, $6.8 billion system, according to The Chicago Tribune. Article

> A single-use syringe and a blood test that provides extensive results from a tiny sample are low-cost solutions to difficult healthcare challenges, Medscape Multispecialty reports. Article

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> A South Florida hospital group may pay indigent patients' insurance premiums in order to provide them with reliable healthcare coverage, the Associated Press reported. Article

> The American Hospital Association has thrown its support behind federal legislation intended to streamline how the two federal agencies involved in reviewing mergers go about the process. Article

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