CMS investigates infection control after hep C outbreak; Aurora Health Care, Aetna collaborate in ACO;

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is inspecting the infection control procedures at New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital, where a hospital employee allegedly caused a hepatitis C outbreak, The Boston Globe reported. Public health officials and hospitals in several other states have started contacting hundreds of patients that may have been exposed to hep C by the "serial infector." Article

> Despite reaching an agreement with CMS for corrective actions to stay open after multiple reported patient safety breaches, safety monitors at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas found hundreds of staff violations in June alone, The Dallas Morning News reported. Article

> Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed a plan to target large, expensive hospitals that he says are abusing market power. The plan calls for a "cost and market impact review" for any provider suspected of anti-competitive actions, according to The Boston Globe. Article

> Colorado hospitals are offering discounted or free care to victims of the Aurora theater shooting, the Associated Press reported. For example, Children's Hospital Colorado is using donations and charity care funds to cover the medical bills for uninsured victims and waiving all copays for those with insurance. Article

> Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care will collaborate with Aetna in an accountable care organization to improve healthcare services' quality and make them affordable, both groups announced yesterday. The Aetna plans offered through the Aurora Accountable Care Network will take effect Jan. 1, 2013. Announcement

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