Community Health Systems acquires 9th IL hospital; Cost variations lead to $36B a year in healthcare overspending;

> About 18 months after Minnesota nurses held the largest nursing strike in history, the state introduced legislation designed to improve patient safety with adequate staffing levels. Press release

> Harrisburg (Ill.) Medical Center evacuated patients to nearby hospitals after a tornado may have damaged the hospital's structure, reported the Harrisburg Daily Register. Article

> A subsidiary of Community Health Systems (CHY) has acquired MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, Ill., the ninth CHY- affiliated hospital in the state, the Tennessee-based hospital operator announced today. Press release

> Wide variations in the cost of highly utilized procedures lead to $36 billion a year in overspending on healthcare services, according to a new white paper by Thomson Reuters. FierceHealthFinance

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved the most recent corrective action plan submitted by Dallas' Parkland Health and Hospital System, days after the chair of its governing board resigned, reported HealthLeaders Media. Article

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