CMS selects 73 Innovation advisors; Emory Healthcare and St. Joseph's Health System complete merger;

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) selected 73 healthcare professionals out of 920 applicants to research and implement new models of care delivery as part of its Innovation Advisors program, the agency announced yesterday. This month, the first group of Innovation Advisors will begin their six months of orientation and training. Press release

> Hospitals in Indianapolis compete for well-insured, suburban patients, according to a report from the Center for Studying Health System Change. "It used to be that the hospital systems wouldn't build near the other hospitals--there was an unspoken rule--but now they are right in each other's backyards, and they are all vying for patients and are buying up smaller community hospitals," a market observer said. Report

> Emory Healthcare and St. Joseph's Health System, both in Atlanta, completed their merger yesterday, reports the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The partnership creates the largest healthcare system in Georgia. Article

> Community Health Systems (CHS) has acquired two-hospital Moses Taylor Health Care System in Scranton, Pa., the Franklin, Tenn.-based hospital operator announced yesterday. CHS now has eight affiliated hospitals serving northeast Pennsylvania and 16 affiliated hospitals statewide. Press release

> HCA-operated Medical Center of Trinity (Fla.) delayed its opening until state health regulators finish inspecting the $210 million facility, reports The Pasco Tribune. Meanwhile, HCA still is encountering resistance from competing hospitals about its plan to open up new trauma centers throughout Florida. Article

And Finally... Humble people are the most helpful. Article