Cleveland Clinic targets heart, cancer centers for hospital affiliation; Merger activity heats up in Kentucky, Connecticut;

> In addition to its new campaign to affiliate with physician practices, Cleveland Clinic is focusing its hospital affiliation efforts on heart care, cancer care, and neurology, reports Med City News. Article

> The chief administrative officer at the University of Kentucky HealthCare's Good Samaritan Hospital will be joining Kaiser Permanente as its new San Mateo, Calif., area manager and senior vice president, reports Louisville Business First. Article

> Even though Grady Memorial Hospital's new CEO is scheduled to take charge this fall, local officials are questioning his hiring, given the patient safety violations that risked the federal funds of his former employer, Parkland Memorial Hospital, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Article

> The hospital market continues to see growing M&A activity, with the FTC finally clearing a deal between three hospital systems in Kentucky, reports the Courier-Journal. Meanwhile, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in Connecticut is exploring an affiliation or merger with The Westerly Hospital in Rhode Island, reports Hartford Business Journal.

> The Laboratory Corporation of America is paying $49.5 million to settle a kickback case in which it allegedly paid doctors and hospitals for referrals, according to Legal News Line. As previously noted, such "self-referrals" can compromise patient care and add billions of dollars a year to medical expenses. Article

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